Different to what happens with women, fertility preservation in males is quite simple, since it just involves collecting one or two semen samples. It is crucial that is is done before receiving the first chemotherapy or radiotherapy session. Otherwise, the quality of the sample would be too low. In pre-adolescent boys, a testicular biopsy could be a good option, although it is a highly controversial topic for the moment.
There exist different fertility preservation options for males who have been diagnosed with cancer. What method is being currently used before undergoing a cancer treatment?
By Juan Antonio García Velasco M.D., Ph.D. (gynecologist).
Last Update: 11/03/2011
Juan Antonio García Velasco
Graduate in Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid. Intern specialist at Obstetrics & Gynecology at La Paz Hospital, 1992-1995. Graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University. Subspecialist in Assisted Reproduction from Yale University (USA). Main Lecturer of Gynecology at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid.