When you are told you have cancer, your focus is often on getting through treatment. Cancer survivors may have changes in their sex life, including the ability to have a child, during and after cancer, that may be short- or long-term.

These changes are often caused by alterations such as:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • A side effect of certain medicines
  • How you feel about yourself and your body
  • Cancer and sexual health

Not everyone who has cancer experiences sexual problems, but they are common. The OSUCCC – James offers the following resources to help you and your partner:

  • Consultation for a personalizes sexual rehabilitation plan
  • Medication with management
  • Counseling with a psychologist or sex therapist
  • Pelvic floor physical therapy
  • Support groups
  • Education classes
  • Our clinic is inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations

Reproductive health concerns addressed in survivorship include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy for males and females
  • Direct radiation effects to the reproductive organs
  • Contraception and pregnancy safety considerations
  • Treatment options

Our team of specialist at The James will discuss options for you to consider based on factors that may affect your fertility, including:

  • Age
  • Your baseline fertility
  • The type, amount and length of your cancer treatment

Options for women include:

  • Egg freezing
  • Embryo freezing
  • Ovarian shielding
  • Ovarian tissue freezing
  • Ovarian transportation (oophoropexy)

Options for men include:

  • Sperm banking
  • Testicular sperm extraction
  • Testicular tissue freezing

If you choose to store embryos or bank sperm or eggs for future in vitro fertilization (IVF), you will be referred to a reproductive endocrinology and infertility clinic.

For questions or to schedule an appointment with one of our fertility preservation experts, call the James Line at 614-293-5066.

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