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 still be advised to store (bank) sperm. Freezing and storing sperm is a safe technique that has been successfully used for many years. There is no lower age limit for this, as long as you have reached puberty and are producing sperm.
Your sperm can then be used in the future, along with fertility treatments, to help you and your partner have a child.
Your cancer doctor or specialist nurse can discuss this with you and refer you to a fertility clinic before your treatment starts. Most clinics will make sure you’re seen very quickly. But sometimes it may not be possible to store sperm because cancer treatment needs to start straight away. Storing sperm after treatment starts is generally not advised.
Some religions may not agree with certain fertility treatments. If this is an issue for you, you may want to discuss it with your partner, family or religious adviser. You can also talk in confidence with a trained counsellor or social worker.