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The Psychosocial Impact of Cancer-Related Infertility on Women

Rebecca Penrose

Lisa Beatty

Julie Mattiske

Bogda Koczwara

psychosocial issues, psychosocial distress, women, fertility, infertility
CJON 2013, 17(2), 188-193. DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.188-193

The objective of the current article was to assess the psychosocial impact of treatment-related infertility or the possibility of infertility on young women with cancer in contrast to the general population. Literature on the subject of female infertility among the general population and treatment-related female infertility among young women with cancer was identified and examined in the context of what is known about the psychosocial impact of infertility among the general population. Women whose fertility was affected by cancer treatment were likely to experience negative emotional reactions, which can strain their relationships. Additional concerns included receiving inadequate information about infertility, enduring distress, and feeling uncertainty regarding fertility status.

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