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Reproductive Health for Cancer Survivors

A Fertile Future

Fertile Future

Read about Christina Montana's decision to preserve her eggs when her cancer flared out of remission.

Every year, nearly 75,000 children, adolescents and young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. More than ever, young cancer survivors can look forward to the future. Reproductive health issues — including the ability to have healthy pregnancies and children, prevent unintended pregnancies, and manage menopause or testicular failure — are all important to young cancer survivors.

At UC San Diego Health, we believe reproductive health care is important for every young cancer patient at every stage of the cancer journey.

We help young survivors meet their reproductive health needs with: 

  • Timely and comprehensive counseling before your cancer treatment. We help you safely navigate through fertility preservation treatments
  • Reproductive health care to address fertility, contraception, sexual health, and menopause or testicular issues
  • Resources for patients and health care providers who seek up-to-date fertility preservation information
  • Opportunities to participate in clinical research to improve reproductive health in cancer survivorship

Fertility Preservation

Patients facing cancer therapy have effective options to preserve their fertility. In most cases, decisions about fertility preservation are best made before treatment begins. We understand the urgency of these decisions and are available to see patients on short notice.

Services for Females

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Reproductive Risk Counseling

Embryo or Oocyte Banking

Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing (PGT)

Fertility Sparing Surgery

Ovarian Suppression

Ovarian Tissue Banking

Ovarian Shielding

Services for Males

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Reproductive Risk Counseling

Sperm Banking

Testicular Tissue Banking

Reproductive Health after Cancer Treatment

After completing cancer treatment, young cancer survivors may have questions about their reproductive health, such as: 

  • Is it safe to become pregnant after cancer?
  • What type of birth control is best for my situation?
  • Will my kids be healthy?
  • What do I do about hot flashes?
  • What do I do if I have premature ovarian insufficiency or testicular failure?
  • How can I improve my sexual health?

Because reproductive risks vary by person, we recommend periodic follow-up with reproductive specialists to discuss these questions and to manage your reproductive health.

Resources

Financial Challenges

Insurance coverage for fertility preservation before fertility-threatening treatments is improving throughout the U.S., including recent legislation in California. Our team has expertise to help you understand your insurance coverage for reproductive health care.

Helpful Links

  • Alliance for Fertility Preservation is a non-profit organization that provides information and resources focused on fertility preservation in cancer survivors.
  • Save My Fertility is an online fertility preservation toolkit for adults, parents of children with cancer, and providers.

Appointments & Referrals

Location

La Jolla

Meet Our Team

  • H. Irene Su, MD MSCE, Director of Fertility Preservation, Reproductive Endocrinologist
  • T. Mike Hsieh, MD, Reproductive Urologist
  • Raquel Nunez, Reproductive Endocrinology Clinic Navigator

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