A new hope for fatherhood

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According to an article published in Bone Marrow Transplantation, men who have been diagnosed as sterile due to aggressive cancer treatments may still be able to father children.

The author, Paul Turek, MD, is a men’s reproductive health expert and pioneered the technique called FNA Sperm Mapping. The procedure enables the discovery of pockets of viable sperm in the testes. The sperm can then be extracted and used for in vitro fertilization and single sperm injection.

In previous research, there was a 65 percent success rate in finding sperm in the testis of patients who had undergone chemotherapy and were deemed sterile. However, the cases in the current report involve men who received much higher doses of chemotherapy associated with bone marrow transplant. Additionally, there is no increased rate in birth defect. “Patients undergoing cancer treatments need to be informed of the good news on the other side,” Dr. Turek states.

“This advance in medicine has been a long time in the making, but we have reached a point where a critical mass of physicians believe in and are using sperm mapping as a state of the art tool to help couples conceive,” said Dr. Turek. He called the procedure a “new hope for fatherhood”.

The study follows two cases of men who had received high doses of chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation. The men had previously been diagnosed and treated for hemotologic cancers and, after recovery, wanted to become fathers.

The men were initially found to have no sperm in their ejaculate, a finding that occurs in more than 70 percent of cancer survivors after bone marrow transplantation. After undergoing sperm mapping, small pockets of viable sperm were found. Using assisted reproductive techniques, both eventually became fathers.

Source: The Turek Clinic, Medical News Today


 
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