Fertility preservation for men, options before cancer treatment
As a result of recent research that has been performed in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility we now have fertility preservation options that can be employed very effectively – preferably before – but frequently even after chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. In the event that male patients contact us prior to undergoing treatment, we can offer sperm banking, freezing of testicular tissue, or testicular sperm extraction.
The resumption of normal testicular function following chemotherapy, radiation, or surgical treatment is very variable. Even if hormonal production becomes normal again, that does not guarantee that sperm production will do so as well.
Fortunately, men do occasionally recover enough sperm production to cause a pregnancy – sometimes even without fertility treatment. Other patients may require the use of sperm that were frozen prior to their cancer treatment. Even in the worst case scenario, in which either the man has no remaining reproductive function following treatment, successful fertility treatment is usually still available in the form of donor sperm, or traditional surrogacy.