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SIDE EFFECTS AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT /// CHAPTER 40
Female Fertility
Preservation
When you talked to your doctor about your treatment plan,
you discussed the short and long-term side effects of your planned
therapy. One long-term side effect may be an impairment of your fertility.
Fertility is the ability to have a biologically-related baby. Infertility, an impairment of your fertility, means that in the future you
may not be able to have a biologically-related baby. There are a variety of options to increase the likelihood of having children
in this future, known as fertility preservation.
Your reproductive system works together in an organized way to produce the oocytes (eggs) that are needed to make a baby.
A baby made with your oocyte is called a biologically-related baby.
Your reproductive system includes the following cells and organs:
Ovaries
Oocytes
Follicles
Fallopian Tubes
Uterus
Hypothalamus and the
Pituitary Gland
Ovarian reserve
Ovaries (2) are the female reproductive organs in the pelvis.
Oocytes ( " eggs " ) are cells that a sperm can fertilize to create an embryo.
Follicles are groups of cells inside the ovary that contain developing oocytes. After puberty, a follicle releases an
oocyte every month.
Fallopian tubes allow the oocyte to travel from the ovary to the uterus.
If an oocyte is fertilized by a sperm cell, the uterus carries the developing baby until birth
Two parts of the brain send and receive, via hormones, monthly cycle information to the ovaries. This
information leads to the release of an oocyte from the ovary.
Girls are born with their entire lifetime's supply of follicles and therefore eggs. As a woman gets older, this supply
of follicles will decrease. When all of the follicles are gone, the woman enters menopause and is no longer able to
have a baby.
Below is a list of FAQs about female fertility
For more information on local resources please contact your nurse navigator or check out the local resources section at the end of the notebook
https://fwaya.org/

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