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Will chemotherapy make me infertile or cause me problems fathering a child?

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Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
It could: Many chemotherapy agents affect rapidly dividing cells, including sperm production cells. Seek the advice of a fertility expert (reproductive endocrinologist) if you are facing chemotherapy. Good options for fertility preservation are available.
Dr. Jessica Scotchie
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Chemotherapy can be even more damaging when patients are at the later part of their reproductive years. Ask your oncologist for a referral to a fertility specialist who can offer treatments such as egg and/or embryo preservation before you begin chemotherapy.

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Last updated Mar 9, 2015

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