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Children: Preserving the Ability to Have (Fertility)

Banking Sperm

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Males can bank sperm before undergoing treatment.

How the process works:

  • Sperm is harvested.
    • Generally a sperm harvest is done at a fertility center with the male ejaculating into a receptacle. If this is not possible, usable sperm can be extracted from the male's testicles though a procedure known as "Testicular Tissue Extraction".
  • The sperm is frozen.
  • When a pregnancy is desired, the sperm is thawed. The unthawed sperm is then used to fertilize an egg. The standard means of placing the fertilized egg into the uterus is by means of a process known as "in vitro fertilization (IVF)".

If a reputable fertility center is not available locally, a mail-in kit is available known as Live:On. The Live:On kit is a collaboration between the nonprofit Fertile Hope, Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. In 2011, the kit costs $675, which includes processing, analysis, freezing and storage for one year. To learn more, see: offsite link or call 800. 466.2796.

Fertile Hope's Sharing Hope Program For Men works with companies and clinics to reduce the cost of sperm banking for eligible male cancer patients. To learn more, see: offsite link

If you can't ejaculate, or if there is no sperm in your semen, an experimental option is to surgically remove and freeze testicular tissue.

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