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    Maybe this wont be an issue. but i'm a little confused by advice. here's the story full story.maybe you can help clear things up...

    I'm post chemo, all going well, left gone, secondary tumour zapped, all looking on track. BEP therapy in the UK. wasn't nice , but now back to almost normal.(on a side track, i still get swollen hands and feet every now and then, mostly in the morning. anyone else? my onco doesn't know why).
    BEP ended and of july 04 , so about 4 months since.

    Was hoping to try and have a child maybe next year or later. have banked sperm, and my partner is very fertile with 2 of her own.
    I had a low sperm count before the op, which is often the case i've heard.
    We've been having protected sex since treatment, which is the norm for us.but recently had a couple of accidents with split condoms.
    My partner has since been convinced,(womens intuition), that she's pregnant. a few days too early to test. she has had some indications of of this, sickness, swollen breasts, etc.

    I know it's a little early to tell, but if i have hit the jackpot first time, and defied all the odds. (i'm not so sure , but my partner is convinced i have,and i defer to her experience!)
    Will all be well with the baby so soon after chemo? i rang my ward, and they seemed to think it would be ok, but i'm not so sure.
    I read the unprotected sex thread but need some more clues. so i thought i'd start a new one as that one seems a little old.
    can anyone help?

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    Wish I had your problem

    This is what I pulled off of the TCRC website. Good Luck

    Fertility and Chemotherapy:

    The chemotherapy regimens used to kill testicular cancer does a very good job, and it is the primary reason why guys with advanced cancer can still hope to become a father. However, the chemotherapy does such a good job because it is very good at killing germ cells. Since sperm are generated by germ cells, it stands to reason that there aren't going to be a whole lot of sperm after undergoing chemo. And, in fact, chemotherapy usually results in azoospermia (the semen contains no sperm) during therapy.

    In some cases, the sperm will never return. But in most cases sperm counts will increase in the 24 to 36 months following the conclusion of treatments, and in about 50% of men, the levels will eventually return to normal. However, even after 5 years the sperm counts of some men will remain below normal. Whether the sperm does or does not come back probably depends on the initial quality of the sperm before treatment. It also depends a lot on the amount of chemo received. The more chemo received, the less likely that fertility will ever return. Please note, though, that experts do not believe that chemo has any affect on the quality of the sperm or causes congenital defects in children conceived after undergoing chemotherapy.
    Because of the high probability of an indefinite period of infertility following chemotherapy, we strongly recommend that men facing chemotherapy bank some sperm before starting treatments.
    Brian Kurth
    Right I/O - 6/10/04
    Stage I Pure Seminoma
    14 sessions RT - 7/29/04