My partner is male. What can he do to preserve fertility before treatment?
Having your male partner go through cancer can feel extremely scary and worrisome. Of course you are concerned primarily for his health and with emotionally supporting him in his time of need. But as his partner, you may also be concerned about your future as a couple and maintaining the goals you have set together. One concern that may be on your mind is fertility preservation and his reproductive ability after cancer treatment has taken place and he has survived cancer.
Providing a semen sample for freezing prior to therapy probably carries the best chance of having children in the future. It is a relatively straightforward procedure, with storage costs ranging between $200 and $500 per year.
The sperm, in most states, is considered to be the property of the individual. In some circumstances, sperm could be donated or ownership transferred to another party. These issues should be discussed with a legal professional.
Click on the link to the right for a list of questions to ask your doctor to help you decide what fertility preservation options are available to you.