If your cancer or its treatment might have an affect on your fertility you may be told there are options for treatment to preserve it.
Preserving fertility in men
You do have to make decisions really quickly, and I think you mature really, really quickly.
It can be difficult to predict if treatment will affect your fertility or if it will return to normal after treatment. Even if your chances of becoming infertile are low, you may be referred to a fertility specialist to discuss your options. Freezing and storing sperm is a safe technique that has been successfully carried out for many years.
We have more information about cancer treatment and fertility, which has been written for men of all ages.
Preserving fertility in women
For young women who are having periods, it may be possible to store fertilised eggs (embryos) before cancer treatment begins, even if the treatment is unlikely to affect fertility. To be able to store embryos, your eggs need to be fertilised with sperm from a partner. Before the eggs are fertilised and stored, both of you must sign a consent form and neither can use the embryo to start a pregnancy without the other’s permission.
Teenage girls and young women without a partner may be able to store unfertilised eggs, although the chance of a successful pregnancy from stored unfertilised eggs is very low.
We have more information about cancer treatment and fertility, which has been written for women of all ages.