Male Fertility Preservation

January 23, 2012 | By: Wendy Schillings, MD, FACOG

Hello. I'm doctor, Wendy Schillings. I'm a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Pennsylvania. Today, we're going to talk about a difficult subject. Today, we're going to talk about men who get diagnosed with cancer. Once a man gets diagnosed with cancer, it's very important that he follows the treatment plan of his doctor. However oncologists of gotten very good at treating cancers and the survival rates have increased.

So one of the important decisions that you need to make during this difficult time is about preserving your sperm. It is very important that you get to my office as quickly as possible once the diagnosis has been made so that we can obtain as many samples as is reasonable with your diagnosis of cancer. Your doctor and I will also assess your risk for the loss of sperm with your specific treatment.

Once we get the first sample, we will assess the sample to decide if we will be able to use the sperm for more conventional treatments such as intrauterine insemination. Using that, we need larger numbers of sperm. However, frequently, the sperm counts are already low once you have a diagnosis of cancer, especially if it involves the testes. If we have a very low sperm count, then we will need to use the samples for in-vitro fertilization, which will require treatments for your partner that maybe more involved.

Good luck with your diagnosis, I hope everything goes well, but please call or contact us as soon as possibilities if you would like fertility preservation. Thank you.