Fertility often ignored in chronic disease

A systematic review of 29 studies with a total 3504 participants examined the childbearing concerns and knowledge of women with chronic diseases, mostly cancer.

The researchers found the women were worried about not being able to achieve or maintain a pregnancy, how premature menopause would affect their desire for children, the effect of pregnancy on their condition and the effect of their condition on raising a child.

“Despite their concerns, women often have limited knowledge about the impact of their condition and its treatment on fertility,