Fertility preservation for young men

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Some young people facing cancer will want to find information about fertility preservation. Specifically, fertility preservation for young men can include testicular biopsy and sperm extraction. You can find more information about testicular biopsy and sperm extraction for fertility preservation in this factsheet from the FUTuRE Fertility Research Team.

Topics covered are:

  • Your testicles (testes)
  • Who will need a testicular biopsy and aspiration?
  • Types of biopsies
  • Before your biopsy
  • Having the procedure
  • Recovery
  • Risks of testicular biopsy
  • Results
  • Questions to ask your medical team
  • Further support and information

You may also wish to read more about in this article on Fertility Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer. 

Future fertility is not always the first thing that comes to mind when cancer is diagnosed in an adolescent or young adult (AYA). Yet, with increasing survival rates conversations about preserving the future fertility of young cancer patients are becoming increasingly important. Among teenage males undergoing cancer treatment, having children was ranked above making money, owning a home, faith, friends, or even a romantic relationship.” – Tiffany Garbutt, PhD, contributor for Oncology Nurse Advisor

Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on fertility, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

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