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    I think I've read somewhere that it's important to wear a condom if you're going to have sex while on chemo. But my doctor acted like the chances of it being a problem if I didn't use one are pretty low and that I didn't really have to. My girlfriend is on the pill but I think it would probably be a good idea to use a condom anyways. I'm just curious what other people have experienced. Thanks.

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    My husband's medical oncologist told us the same thing. He said to use a condom for 6 months after. Is that even lobg enough?

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    • #3
      This same question came up on TC-NET today and was answered, "You should not have unprotected sex for at least 1-2 months after the end of chemo, as the fluid transfer can expose you to (weakly) therapeutic levels of chemotherapy. The oncologists recommend 6-12 months to be safe and to avoid getting expectations up too high, as chemotherapy and radiation therapy can lead to temporary infertility."
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      right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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      • #4
        John:
        The chemo drugs make your semen is toxic. Use protection.
        Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

        Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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        • #5
          Agreed. Semen levels are slightly toxic and the chances of damaged sperm and a possibly defective embryo are unbelievable high. Use a condom and my oncologist said no tries for conception until 1 year after. I've heard six months after chemo Rx is probably ok but I got conservative advice.
          Age 33, Right I/O Mar '05, 90% embryonal, 10% teratocarcinoma, Surv until 4 mo CT (+), 3 x BEP Aug/Sep '05, CT 10/05 ok, CT 2/06 ok, CT 3/06 ok, CT 6/06 ok, X-Ray, Blood 8/06 ok, Sperm Count 09/06: Low but active, CT 10/06 ok, X-ray 12/06 ok, CT 02/07 ok, X-ray/blood 4/07 ok, CT 6/07 ok, X-ray/blood 09/07, CT 10/07 ok, CT 4/08 ok, CT 10/08 ok

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