If you have been diagnosed with testicular cancer, it’s important that you see a fertility specialist before beginning treatment.
Testicular cancer often affects men during their reproductive years, when fertility is most crucial.
A man’s testicles manufacture sperm. This means that testicular cancer and treatment may affect sperm health, cause low sperm count, or other male fertility problems.
Radiation and chemotherapy treatment of the testicles may damage a man’s ability to produce sperm.These treatments may cause infertility once cancer treatment ends.
Surgical treatment for testicular cancer may include the removal of one or both testicles. At times, this may lead to infertility.
Some men are able to father children without assistance after cancer treatment while others become infertile. If you are at risk for male infertility following testicular cancer treatment, ask your doctor about fertility preservation.
Fertility preservation options for men include freezing and storing sperm in a sperm bank before treatment begins. The fertility preservation process can protect your fertility and ensure that you are able to become a father, even after testicular cancer treatment.