Intimacy & Fertility

Fertility Concerns and Preservation for Men

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 04/2018 Many cancer treatments affect fertility temporarily or permanently. Fertility is the ability to father a child. Infertility is the inability to father a child. Before treatment begins, talk with your health care team. Ask how treatment could affect your fertility. And ask about your options for preserving fertility. How cancer treatments affect fertility Fertility problems from cancer or cancer treatment occur in 2 main ways:

Fertility Preservation in Patients with Cancer

Guideline Status: Current Published ahead of print April 5, 2018, DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2018.78.1914 Kutluk Oktay, Brittany E. Harvey, Ann H. Partridge, Gwendolyn P. Quinn, Joyce Reinecke, Hugh S. Taylor, W. Hamish Wallace, Erica T. Wang, and Alison W. Loren Purpose To provide current recommendations about fertility preservation for adults and children with cancer.

Fertility Concerns and Preservation for Women

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 04/2018 Many cancer treatments affect fertility temporarily or permanently. Fertility is the ability to become pregnant. Infertility is an inability to become pregnant or maintain a pregnancy. Before treatment begins, talk with your health care team. Ask how treatment could affect your fertility. And ask about your options for preserving fertility. How cancer treatments affect fertility Fertility problems from cancer or cancer treatment occur in 2 main ways:

Cancer Can Affect a Man’s Ability to Ejaculate

How cancer treatment can affect ejaculation Cancer treatment can interfere with ejaculation by damaging the nerves that control the prostate, seminal vesicles, and the opening to the bladder. It can also stop semen from being made in the prostate and seminal vesicles, or it can cut off the path that semen normally takes out of the body. Despite this, a man can still feel the sensation of pleasure that makes an orgasm. The difference is that, at the moment of orgasm, little or no semen comes out. This is referred to as a “dry orgasm.”

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