Both proceedures have seen great success rates in the last five years and thousands of baby boys and girls have been born using this technology.
Endocrine Abstracts says, “Semen cryopreservation is a viable fertility preservation option for adolescent cancer patients, and should be offered to all before treatment, acknowledging the caveat of a ~50% chance of success. Pubertal staging is the only significant prognosticator of this and should be routinely assessed as part of the counselling process.”
While the ethics surrounding fertility preservation in younger cancer patients are being debated, research is ongoing to take fertility tissue from patients where eggs and sperm are not necessarily matured or viable.
Speak to your health professional about fertility preservation options they may be aware of. The two of you will be able to decide if the process is right for you and decide on your next steps.
If you’re wary of fertility options, remember, Geoff has managed to father two beautiful girls and has a little boy on the way. Your chances may often be slim, but you never know what’s in the cards.
Please contact Liz Ellwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or (613) 440-3302 for more information on the Fertile Future project.