Monitoring fertility (semen analysis) by cancer survivors who banked sperm prior to cancer treatment

Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine, Department of Human Metabolism, University of Sheffield, Level 4, The Jessop Wing, Tree Root Walk, Sheffield S10 2SF, UK.
Human Reproduction (Impact Factor: 4.57). 08/2012; 27(11):3132-9. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/des300
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What medical and psychological variables predict why men with banked sperm do not return for semen analysis after their cancer treatment has ended?

Men who decline the offer of semen analysis are less likely to have reported adverse side effects during cancer treatment, and have a more negative experience of banking sperm and a more negative attitude towards disposal of their stored semen than those who attend.

Previous authors have noted that male cancer survivors seem reluctant to have their fertility tested after their treatment has ended. Moreover, the utilization rates of banked sperm are very low (

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