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Can a man's fertility be damaged after chemotherapy?

By Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez.
Last Update: 02/23/2021

Yes, treatment with chemotherapy can even cause irreversible infertility, due to cytotoxic effects on spermatogenesis.

It is therefore recommended that the male freeze several semen samples before the start of treatment. This measure, known as fertility preservation, will allow him to use these semen samples (prior to the damage caused by the chemotherapy treatment) to be able to seek a pregnancy by assisted reproduction techniques in the future.

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 Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
Embryologist
Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics.
License: 3435-CV
Embryologist. Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics. License: 3435-CV.