Should I worry about getting pregnant during treatment?
While chemotherapy drugs can induce menopause in premenopausal women, it cannot be seen as a treatment that prevents pregnancy. It is possible to get pregnant during chemotherapy treatments; however this can lead to serious birth defects. It is important for premenopausal women to use alternative forms of contraception while receiving treatments. While it is unsafe to get pregnant during treatments, having undergone chemotherapy treatment does not make it unsafe to get pregnant. Six months is often the minimum amount of time recommended to ensure pregnancies are not affected by prior chemotherapy agents. Most oncologists recommend waiting at least two years after chemotherapy to think about getting pregnant, but this varies between individuals. Getting pregnant after treatment should be discussed with your oncologist both before and after treatments.