Completing cancer treatment can feel daunting, especially when it comes to not knowing your fertility status. Women are often anxious to get their period back, which is a sign of hormonal function, but is not an indicator on the quantity or quality of egg supply. It may take time for you to heal physically, mentally and emotionally from all you have been through. It may not be possible to become a biological parent. There are options for everyone when it comes to actualizing your dreams of motherhood.
Six months to a year since your last chemotherapy session, you should receive a complete hormonal screening, including an AMH test. AMH is the Anti-Mullerian Hormone, which provides a good indicator of ovarian reserve – how many eggs you have left in your egg supply. A reproductive endocrinologist or qualified ultrasound technician should also perform an Antral Follicle Count, through a vaginal ultrasound, to count the number of follicles visible in your ovaries, which provides another measure of ovarian reserve.
Additional hormonal tests include FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone), which indicates how close you may be to menopause, Estradiol, which causes proliferation and thickening of the tissues and blood vessels of the endometrium. The Luteinizing Hormone (LH) triggers ovulation.
Should your tests indicate you are unlikely to get pregnant naturally or do not desire biological children, Fertile Action recommends you explore other famliy planning methods including:
We recognize the exorbitant expense in utilizing some of these options and are actively raising funds to launch a grant program to help our survivors offset some of the expenses.