Center for Young Women's Health

Reproductive Questions and Answers for Cancer Survivors



  • The type and amount of chemotherapy affects how well your ovaries will work.
  • The treatment for Premature Ovarian Insufficiency is hormone therapy.
  • Talk to your gynecologist about ways to keep your ovaries safe from chemotherapy and/or radiation.
Getting Treatment:
The Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital offers special services in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
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Hormones and Ovaries Other Fertility Issues
Premature Ovarian Insufficiency Sex After Cancer
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Today, more and more girls are living healthy lives after having cancer. As a cancer survivor, you may have some special concerns about your menstrual periods, fertility, and sexual relationships. This guide was created to help answer your questions about: hormones and ovaries, premature ovarian insufficiency (POI, formerly called premature ovarian failure, or POF), fertility and pregnancy, fertility treatments, other fertility issues, and sexual relationships after cancer.


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Written and reviewed by the CYWH Staff at Boston Children's Hospital


Updated: 3/2/2010

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