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What about my fertility during
treatment?
You should always consider yourself fertile and able to get
a partner pregnant. During treatment, it is very important
to always use condoms and female birth control. Please
remember that during treatment your sperm can become
damaged from exposure to chemotherapy or radiation. This
damage may affect the health of the baby. If you are sexually
active, please talk to your team about safe sex practices.
What happens after treatment with
my fertility?
Each person has a different response to treatment. Because
of the many factors affecting fertility, it is hard to predict how
treatment is going to affect you. Please know that we will still
be available for your questions during and after treatment. We
can also provide any referrals that you may need for fertility
preservation.
How long do I need to wait after
treatment to try to father a child?
This is a good question to discuss with your treating provider
or fertility team. In general, for a couple years after cancer
treatment, your sperm may not be fully healthy. Damaged
sperm could possibly harm a baby's health. We recommend
you continue to use condoms and female birth control to
prevent an unplanned pregnancy. When you are ready to start
a family, check with your team to determine if there might be
any remaining risk of damaged sperm.
How will I know if I'm fertile after
treatment?
» At 2 years or more off treatment, you can do a test called
a semen analysis. This test looks at your sperm under a
microscope and checks how healthy it is.
» It can take anywhere from 2 to 10 years after
chemotherapy treatment for your sperm-producing cells
to heal. Because of this, we recommend waiting to do a
semen analysis until you are ready to start a family.
» Regardless of your fertility status after treatment, it
is important to use safe sex practices - always use a
condom. This will protect you from infections and prevent
you from becoming a parent before you are ready.
What do I do if I banked sperm?
If your semen analysis:
» Is healthy: You may choose to stop storing your
sperm. The healthy sperm your body makes are more
likely to be successful in having a baby than frozen
sperm.
» Is not healthy: We suggest you talk to the
Reproductive Endocrinologist about how to use your
stored sperm to start a family.
Note: It is important to pay your annual storage fees on
time. You will receive a bill from your sperm bank every
year. If you cannot afford to pay your bill, please call the
sperm bank and discuss payment plans or other financial
assistance programs. Talk to your navigator about your
options.
Will a child conceived after my
treatment be healthy?
There is no clear evidence that children conceived
after cancer treatment are at an increased risk for
birth defects or other health problems. You cannot
directly transmit your cancer to your child. However,
some cancers are hereditary or passed down through a
predisposition in your genes from parents to children.
Ask your doctor if you have a hereditary cancer. You can
then meet with a genetics counselor to learn how this
may affect the health of your child.
What if I didn't bank sperm?
If your semen analysis:
» Is healthy: This means you are not experiencing
infertility. You should be able to have a baby naturally.
» Is not healthy: There are other ways to become a
parent. These include adoption and using donor
sperm. More information about these options is
available.
This can be an uncomfortable topic to talk about with
your healthcare team. Remember that they understand
the importance of addressing these issues with you and
your family and only have your best interest in mind. They
want to provide you with all of your options and help your
wishes be fulfilled. Discussing family planning, sex, and
your sperm allows the providers to help take care of not
just your physical self but your emotional self as well.
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