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Psychosocial aspects of assisted reproduction and (in)fertility following cancer

Our research concerns fertility and parenthood, by many considered central aspects of life. When the ability to have children is (or risks to become) impaired, medical treatments may be used to preserve fertility or to achieve parenthood through assisted reproduction. We want to increase knowledge about fertility-related aspects of cancer treatment and about psychosocial aspects of assisted reproduction with donor gametes.

Research group leader

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Department of Women's and Children's Health (KBH), K6

Many cancer treatments have a negative impact on patients’ future ability to have children.

In the research program Fex-Can, Fertility and sexuality following cancer we investigate sexual and reproductive health in young adults who have undergone treatment for cancer and evaluate the effect of a self-help web-based intervention on sexual problems and fertility-related distress.

We also conduct research about how fertility-related aspects are experienced and communicated in cancer care, from the perspective of patients, physicians and nurses: Fertility-related communication in cancer care.

Our research on assisted reproduction focuses on Psychosocial aspects of oocyte- and sperm donation for involved groups, i.e. donors, recipients and offspring. In Sweden, only treatment with identifiable donors is permitted, which means that offspring at mature age have the right to obtain the donor’s identity. Current research activities include the longitudinal ’Swedish Study on Gamete Donation’ and a national study on the psychosocial aspects of young adult offspring’s access to information about their donor.
 
For information about research studies, group members, collaborators and funding, please see links to the research programs/projects below.   

Fertility-related communication in cancer care
Fex-Can, Fertility and sexuality following cancer 
Psychosocial aspects of oocyte- and sperm donation