Marriage problems with infertility?


Question from Regina: I'm really concerned about my marriage not dealing well with infertility caused by my treatment. I got breast cancer just one year after we got married. Any suggestions on how other couples have dealt? I somehow feel guilty.
Answers - Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. Those are very natural feelings to have. One suggestion I would make is to seek some counseling with a mental health professional who has worked with cancer patients. Your fears may be greater than the distress that your husband feels. But if it's hard for you two to talk about it, seeing a counselor together may help the two of you communicate in a safe atmosphere. There is no evidence that women who get breast cancer divorce more than other women. Even if you're not able to have a child in the future, there are other alternatives like adoption or having a child through egg donation, and it is important to look at all the options and take the time to make decisions.

On Wednesday, September 10, 2008, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Fertility and Pregnancy. Kutluk Oktay, M.D. and Leslie Schover, Ph.D. answered your questions about breast cancer treatments that can affect your fertility, options for preserving your fertility, being treated for breast cancer while pregnant, and more.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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