PUBLISHED ON: 29 September 2014

Breast cancer forces some women to think about their fertility sooner than they’d planned. This is because some treatments such as chemotherapy can affect their ability to become pregnant in the future.

Jackie's fertility story

If you’re concerned about how your treatment could affect your fertility it’s important to speak to your specialist team before you begin treatment.

Jackie Scully, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 32, was referred to a fertility clinic to discuss her options for preserving fertility. ‘Cancer can take my boob, my lymph nodes, my tummy fat and my dignity,’ says Jackie, ‘but I decided early on in my treatment that if it wanted to take away my chances of becoming a mother it was in for a tough fight.’

Jackie went on to have in-vitro fertilisation (freezing embryos) before starting her chemotherapy.

You can read Jackie’s story, including her experience of fertility treatment and her 12 fertility tips for women having breast cancer treatment.

You can also read our information about fertility and breast cancer treatment.

Never too late

Everyone should have the chance to discuss fertility issues with their specialist team before treatment begins.

But even if this wasn’t offered to you it’s never too late to talk about fertility. If you’re having or you’ve had treatment for breast cancer you could still discuss your fertility with a specialist if you want to.

Read our article on talking about fertility.

We also have information on fertility and pregnancy after treatment including facing the possibility of permanent infertility.

To help tell the real story of what it’s like to live with breast cancer we’re running a #hiddeneffects campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To join in visit the hidden effects website.