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Questions about Male Fertility? Genetic Counselors Have Answers

Jay Flanagan, MS, CGC 0 562

I’m a genetic counselor who works in a reproductive center. I sometimes see men who weren’t told that cancer treatments could significantly impact their chances of having children, and this isn’t only with the people I see. One study found that 50 percent of healthcare providers never introduce the topic, which is in contrast to 51 percent of the men saying they wanted to father a child in the future. In fact, 60 percent of the men said they didn’t know that cancer therapy could cause infertility.

Managing the Unexpected: Prepare for What Prenatal Screening May Reveal

Blair Stevens, MS, CGC 0 821

I walk into the consultation room to find my patient with tears falling down her flushed cheeks as she tries to keep from audibly sobbing. Her husband holds her hand and avoids eye contact, looking scared and helpless. She is five months pregnant and just had an ultrasound appointment. They expected it to be filled with joy and to leave with cute ultrasound pictures, but instead they’re filled with fear and despair.