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When it comes to a desire for children, customized treatment is available for couples having difficulty conceiving or who have faced a problem pregnancy (miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy).

Sexuality and fertility


Cancer can have an impact on your sexuality and may alter your priorities. Surgery, pain or the unwanted effects of the medication are all physical factors that may upset your intimate relations. In the same way, anxiety, certain treatments or changes to your body image may reduce your libido. The chemotherapy does not in itself reduce your sexual capacity or desire.


State-of-the-art care for women’s cancers

The HUG Gynecology Division has state-of-the-art expertise for the treatment of women with breast cancer or a gynecological cancer, such as:

Return of periods

The return of your periods or the “restoration of menstruation” generally occurs after six to eight weeks, or possibly later in the case of breastfeeding.

These “first” periods are often more abundant and longer than usual. The menstrual cycle regulates itself
thereafter. Fertility returns before the restoration of menstruation.

If you do not want another pregnancy immediately, contraception can be offered. Talk to the gynecologist or midwife before leaving the maternity ward.

Cancer and fertility


Mission of the Cancer and Fertility Program

Certain types of cancer and certain treatments can have an impact on the fertility of the person who is sick.

The progress of medical techniques means that it can be possible to preserve the possibility of having a child following treatment.

The care of a patient suffering from cancer and wishing to preserve fertility requires collaboration with health professionals from different specialties, such as the family physician, oncologists, gynecologists, radiologists, pathologists, radiation therapists and all those involved in cancer treatment.

The objective of Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) meetings for Cancer and Fertility is to bring together these specialties in order to ensure the optimal care of patients with cancer who would like to preserve fertility.

The multidisciplinary approach guarantees optimal medical decisions and equality in terms of the opportunity to benefit from better treatments.

All cases of patients of child-bearing age at risk of infertility following oncological treatment could be subject to a Cancer and Fertility MDT approach before treatment is initiated or when an important treatment change is made.


Studies and publications in 2015

  • Cantero Pérez P, Klingemann J, Yaron M, Irion NF, Streuli I. [Contraception during the perimenopause: indications, security, and non contraceptive benefits]. Rev Med Suisse. 2015 Oct 28;11(492):1986, 1988-92. French.
  • Pluchino N, Freschi L, Wenger JM, Streuli IM. Innovations in classical hormonal targets for endometriosis. Expert Rev Clin Pharmacol. 2015 Dec 8.