February 27, 2016

Saralyn Mark, MD Feedback from TappMD Expert
Saralyn Mark, MD
Can you get pregnant after chemo?
It is very important to talk to you doctor about birth control during and after your treatment for cancer. Your body needs to heal and we are just learning about the impact of mom's stress on her children's health in the future.

Not every woman who goes through treatment for breast cancer ends up as lucky as Jessica Hicks.

In fact, Hicks knows all too well from her online breast cancer support group how rare it is for someone who has gone through chemotherapy to get pregnant afterward with no difficulty — in Hicks’ case, unexpectedly, less than a year after finishing treatment.

But back before her treatment began, Hicks got the same warnings from doctors that any woman of child-bearing age would; if she wanted to have children later, she should consider backup measures such as having her eggs frozen first…

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Saralyn Mark, MD

Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women's health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services for 11 years and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women's health on Earth and in Space.