If the test is positive, she will continue to take estrogen and progesterone to continue the pregnancy.
According to University of Rochester Medical Center, the chances of becoming pregnant with IVF depends on “the number and quality of the donor eggs, the quality of the sperm, the quality of the embryos, and the health of your uterus. This procedure offers a 30% to 40% chance of pregnancy and delivery.”
Since IVF is expensive the woman should check with her insurance to determine coverage.
Surrogacy is another option to consider, where another woman carries a baby using her own eggs, artificially fertilized with one’s partner’s sperm or with fertilized donor eggs.
Surrogates can be found using agencies or independently. The couple would pay all expenses for the surrogate. This can be costly, so it is important to thoroughly research, if this is the best choice.
Adoption or foster care can offer more options to have children after ovarian cancer treatment. It can be decided whether to adopt an infant, a young child or an older one. URMC warns that, “some agencies and countries require that cancer survivors be off treatment and cancer-free for a certain amount of time before allowing them to apply for adoption.”
Research continues to find ways for woman with ovarian cancer to be able to become pregnant with their own eggs.
In 2013, ovarian tissue from the healthy ovary, in a woman who had a cancerous ovary removed, showed it is possible to re-implant healthy ovarian tissue and produce one’s own eggs, but success using this technique is still in its early stages.
It is suggested that women with ovarian cancer seek out resources, like those below, to help them address infertility concerns, to determine the best path for them to take, and to find infertility doctors to help.