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Posted by Natalie on July 17, 2000 at 08:40:54:

In Reply to: Re: Is there pregnancy after ovarian cancer ? posted by mary on July 14, 2000 at 20:42:06:

: : : I was diagnosed with (germinoma)ovarian cancer almost 4 yrs ago. I had one ovary and the fallopian tube removed. I was lucky not to have had chemo, and have had a clean bill of health ever since.
: : : My other ovary is only half there due to a rather large endometrial cyst (non-malignant)from 7 years ago.
: : : My husband and I have been trying for 2 years to get pregnant, but to no avail.
: : : Any success stories out there ?

: : Mary,
: : I have experienced infertility and have watched my mother go through Ovarian cancer. The best
: : advise I can give you is to see an Infertility Specialist right away. The specialist will be able to
: : put your mind at ease. Even if you cannot conceive naturally, there are alot of other options such as
: : Artificial Insemination or IVF. Have you talked to your OB/GYN? What treatment have you
: : your received so far. Did the ovarian cancer interfer with your ability to produce eggs?

: : Love to chat with you. Please write back.

: : Natalie

: Natalie: about a year after my surgery, I had some kind of hormone level taken to find out if my remaining ovary was functioning. It came back
: apparently within normal limits. My OB/GYN is going to start some fertility testing this month--she was just waiting for me to give her the ok
: (my husband was a little reluctant at first).
: I have also been using the clear plan easy fertility monitor for about 3 months.

Mary,
It sounds like you are on the right track. I would suggest seeing an Infertility Specialist though. Usually an OB/GYN does not have
the expertise needed for most infertility patients. That's not to say that the OB/GYN cannot run some routine tests. They probably will
as a matter of fact and then he/she will refer you to someone else.

Another positive side of having children is that the experts say that women who have carried a child to full term are at less risk for
ovarian cancer than those who have not. Other factors for ovarian cancer include age a women first becomes pregnant and number of
full term pregnancies.

Please remember that some infertility medications that patients take will increase the risk of ovarian cancer. I did not know that when
I started treatment to go through IVF. However, if you do get pregnant and carry to full term that will off-set the risk. My OB/GYN
also says that taking birth control pills reduces your risk of ovarian cancer. Some experts say that birth control increases your risk of
breast cancer.

Best of luck to you and write back if you have any questions.

Natalie

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