ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Treatments for invasive cervical cancer often make it impossible to become pregnant in the future. For many women — especially younger women and those who have yet to begin a family — infertility is a distressing side effect of treatment. If you're concerned about your ability to get pregnant in the future, discuss this with your doctor before your treatment begins. In most cases, preserving fertility is more successful than trying to restore fertility after treatment.
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