Since chemotherapy works by killing cells that are dividing quickly, and sperm cells are included within this group, chemotherapy affects them greatly. Permanent infertility can occur if all the spermatogonial sperm cells are damaged to the point that they can no longer produce sperm. This risk is dependent on the patient's age, the type of drug used, and the dose given.
How can chemotherapy affect fertility in males?
By Zaira Salvador B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 08/08/2022
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)