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Will chemotherapy prevent me from getting pregnant?

You cannot depend on chemotherapy to prevent pregnancy, and getting pregnant while receiving chemotherapy could lead to birth defects and interfere with treatment. For this reason, it is important that pre-menopausal women who are sexually active discuss using birth control with their doctor. It is safe to have children after chemotherapy, but it's not safe to get pregnant while on treatment. If you are pregnant when you get breast cancer, you still can be treated. Chemotherapy can be safely given during the last 2 trimesters of pregnancy.

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