G'Day all, I was on the net today looking for things about being a SCI father, not particularly looking at starting a family, more the parenting side, as we are having a few issues with our 11 year old son. Anyway I came across this about starting a family and thought it was worth putting up here.
Experts in multiple disciplines have come together in a groundbreaking program at the University of Utah that’s giving male spinal cord injury patients the opportunity to build families —something many of them believed wouldn’t be possible after life-altering injuries that presented challenges in family planning.
Some of our patients got injured when they were 18 or 19 years old and now they’re in their mid-30s and they want to start a family,” she said. “They get very excited because they have been trying on their own for several years and there are not a lot of options out there except invasive procedures like testicular biopsy or other surgical procedures.”
The team trained under a pioneer of spinal cord injury fertility treatment, Stephen W. Seager, M.D., and trials started in May.
Jeffrey Rosenbluth, M.D., medical director of University of Utah Health Care’s Spinal Cord Injury Acute Rehabilitation Program, explained the goal of the rehab center is to give patients the most normal life possible, including the opportunity to raise a family. He said the potential for this program goes well beyond a clinical setting and hits at the core of what makes us human.