Women's post-chemotherapy parity is affected by offspring number and marital status

Daniela Katz*, Haggi Mazeh, Amichay Meirovitz, Beatrice Uziely, Yakir Rottenberg, Tanir M. Allweis, Ariel Revel, Tamar Peretz

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Childbearing rates post-chemotherapy for breast cancer (BC) are affected by age and chemotherapy-type but may also depend on personal characteristics. In this single institution retrospective study we evaluated post-chemotherapy fertility and its association with offspring number and marital-status at the time of BC diagnosis.We identified 65 fertile BC patients under 38y, who received adjuvant-chemotherapy. Menses resumption and pregnancies along with offspring-number and marital-status were recorded. Menses resumed in 95.4% and 33.8% gave birth. Of those who did not give birth 46.5% had at least three children at diagnosis and of those without children 83% were unmarried. Our data associates multiparity with lower childbearing post-chemotherapy, suggesting it as a possible surrogate for women's preferences in retrospective studies. Unlike multiparity, marital status association with lower childbearing may be culture-dependent and not a universal surrogate for women's intentions and would be best investigated prospectively.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)362-366
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Breast cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Childbearing
  • Fertility
  • Marital status
  • Menstruation
  • Multiparity
  • Pregnancy


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