Male fertility could be restored by reimplanting frozen testes tissue

Health



25 October 2021

By Michael Le Page

Light micrograph cross section of a normal human testicle or testes. The tunica albuginea is the dense, white inelastic tissue immediately covering the testis. The septa extends from the tunica albuginea into the testicle, dividing the testes into lobules.

Cross-section of human testicular tissue

NIGEL DOWNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

A clinic in Belgium has been given the go-ahead to reimplant frozen testicular tissue to obtain sperm for fertility treatments. The hope is that the procedure will allow those whose fertility was destroyed by cancer treatments before they reached puberty to have children.

“Our protocol has been approved by the ethical committee, and now we are waiting for the first case,” says Ellen Goossens at the Free University in Brussels (VUB). “It can be expected in the near future.”

Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or …

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