Some men discover they have diseases or must undergo treatment or surgery, which will cause permanent sterilization or genetic damage. As cancer detection and treatment techniques improve, more conditions such as cancer are being detected at younger ages in men, with longer survival rates. Therefore, more men in their fertile years are now considering cryopreservation to preserve their fertility after cancer diagnosis.
It is important to start the cryopreservation/banking process before starting any chemotherapy or radiation begins. Chemotherapy agents target rapidly dividing cells, which unfortunately includes spermatogenesis. Also, radiation near the pelvic region can cause permanent infertility by destroying sperm stem cells so make sure to speak with your oncologist about pelvic shielding.
Some oncologists might recommend waiting for 6 months to 2 years after treatment before trying to have a child by sexual intercourse. If you instead were planning to start (or expand) your family before this time, sperm cryopreservation and artificial insemination could be pivotal in realizing this dream.
We offer special discounts for cancer patients that are approved through the LIVESTRONG program. Even without approval, we can help construct a payment plan to make sure you are able to cryopreserve, regardless of financial situation.
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