Ethical, moral, and theological insights into advances in male pediatric and adolescent fertility preservation

J. J. Ramstein, Joshua Alexander Halpern, A. J. Gadzinski, Robert E Brannigan, J. F. Smith*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The successful treatment of boys with cancer has led to increasing attention to preserving their quality of life after completing cancer therapy. One of the top priorities for living a full life is keeping open the opportunity to have children. While sperm banking for males facing sterilizing cancer treatment can be effective, this approach requires subsequent use of reproductive procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI) to achieve a pregnancy. Advances in fertility preservation techniques may allow pre-pubertal boys to conceive using advanced stem cell technologies and stem cell transplantation in the future. This review summarizes the ethical positions of leading medical societies and explores the religious and moral stances of major religious institutions regarding these options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-639
Number of pages9
JournalAndrology
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017

Keywords

  • ethics
  • fertility preservation
  • oncofertility
  • pediatric oncology
  • religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Urology

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