Get a breast exam before fertility treatment
After overcoming infertility to become pregnant, the last thing you want to worry about is breast cancer. That’s why our Manhattan fertility expert requires a breast exam before fertility treatment.
When a pregnant woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she is often faced with an impossible choice. She can get the treatment she needs – even though it could harm her baby – or risk her own life by delaying treatment until her baby is born. A breast exam before fertility treatment gives women and their physicians peace of mind that the risk of breast cancer is low, and that x-rays, chemotherapy, radiation or surgery will likely not be needed during pregnancy.
Where to get a breast exam before fertility treatment
Most women will have a breast exam at their annual OBGYN visit. For our fertility patients, we also perform well-woman visits right in our office, including pelvic and breast exams.
At your annual visit, your physician will perform your Pap test; a physical exam of your reproductive organs and a physical examination of your breasts, chest and underarms to check for unusual lumps or other abnormalities. If you see a separate specialist for OBGYN care, be sure to share your exam results and breast health history with our Manhattan fertility expert at your first visit.
If any areas of concern are found during your breast exam, a mammogram or other imaging study will likely be ordered to rule out the possibility of breast cancer, before moving forward with fertility treatment.
The American Cancer Society has issued guidelines for all women at average risk of breast cancer.
- Annual mammography screening should be provided for all women between the ages of 45 and 54.
- Women between 40 and 44 should have the chance to begin annual mammography screening.
- Women ages 55 and older can opt for mammograms every other year or annually.
- Women at greater risk of breast cancer should get earlier, more frequent screening, including mammography and MRI.
Your health comes first
Whether you’re in need of fertility treatment or just want to stay as healthy as possible, you can reduce your risk of breast cancer by scheduling a breast exam as part of your overall gynecological workup. If you are concerned about your fertility and are due for an annual well-woman visit, make an appointment now with our New York fertility center.
To learn more about why you need a breast exam before fertility treatment, contact us to schedule an appointment with our Manhattan fertility expert.