The young adolescent male discussion

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    Since I am the only male nurse at a relatively small pediatric oncology clinic, by default I am frequently deemed the most appropriate person to to broach sperm collection and preservation with adolescent males.   It is challenging enough to discuss the logistics of sperm preservation with adolescent males who resemble young men, but exponentially harder when I approach boys who, well, seem like boys.   My life has been made easier now that there is a reproductive endocrine clinic where we simply refer patients.  But before referrals, my approach was to be rather blunt in breaking the ice.  Ex:  “We are going to do everything we can to get rid of your cancer.  The surgery, chemotherapy, radiation you receive to get rid of the cancer could also affect your ability to have children later on.  I’m here to talk about your ability to father your own children later on, after your cancer treatment is over.  To father children, you need sperm which is made in your testicles.  If the treatment you receive damages e your ability to make sperm, you might not be able to father your own children later on.  Before we start your treatment, I would be a good idea to collect some sperm and save it for later.   A lot of the young men who received your treatment for your kind of cancer saved sperm by masturbating and collecting a sample.  I know this is really private, but do you understand what I am referring to? ”

    I guess I’m seeking validation/correction/guidance on how to discuss sperm collection with the younger males…


    Hi nick.sandmeyer! This would be a really great question to ask one of our six ECHO Experts! If you are interested, you can go to and ask any of our knowledgeable Experts in our Ask the Expert Discussion Board!


    It sounds like you are trying your best to approach this topic with sensitivity and understanding. This is such a difficult topic to discuss and, as you alluded to, requires some level of finesse. I think it is great that there is a provider in that clinic who is trying to learn more and apply this to their practice!

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