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Can Females With Cystic Fibrosis Have a Baby?

FAQs Cindy Castillo August 8, 2022

Most women with this condition can get pregnant, but it may take a little longer than usual. Cystic fibrosis thickens mucus throughout the body — including the mucus in the cervix. Thicker mucus makes it harder for a man’s sperm to swim to the cervix and fertilize an egg.

Can you have a baby if you have cystic fibrosis?

Pregnancy is possible for women with cystic fibrosis, but it can present serious risks and challenges. If you have cystic fibrosis, it is best to consult your doctor to assess your personal risks before becoming pregnant.

Does cystic fibrosis affect female fertility?

Women with cystic fibrosis and infertility

Cystic fibrosis does not appear to cause changes in the physical structure of female reproductive organs as it does in males. However, it is believed that women with CF are generally less fertile than women without CF.

Can cystic fibrosis stop you from having kids?

Fertility problems – Women with cystic fibrosis can have children, but men cannot father a child without the help of a fertility specialist (see a doctor or fertility specialist for advice)

What is the life expectancy of someone with cystic fibrosis?

Today, the average life expectancy of people with CF who reach adulthood is about 44 years. Death is most commonly caused by pulmonary complications.

Can siblings with cystic fibrosis live together?

Cystic fibrosis does not only affect those born with the condition. Parents, siblings, family, friends… they are all learning to live with CF, they are all struggling to live without CF too.

When can a woman not get pregnant?

Women cannot get pregnant after their menstrual cycles have stopped, usually sometime in their 40s or 50s. Men produce sperm throughout their lives, but women are born with a certain number of eggs, which decreases with age.

Can two people with cystic fibrosis be together?

People with cystic fibrosis should never meet as they carry bacteria in their lungs that could harm each other.

Does cystic fibrosis affect menstruation?

American girls with CF report, on average, that their periods are about 6 months later than girls without CF. However, if you are very ill or underweight, your first period may be delayed longer. It can take a few years for periods to become regular (with or without CF).

What does CF baby poop look like?

Due to the effects of CF on the digestive system, a child with CF may have these symptoms: Frequent, bulky, greasy stools. A rare condition where the end portion of the bowel comes out of the anus (rectal prolapse). An intestinal obstruction caused by a baby’s thick and sticky first bowel movement (meconium ileus)

References:

  1. https://women.texaschildrens.org/program/maternal-fetal-medicine/conditions/cystic-fibrosis-and-pregnancy
  2. https://cystic-fibrosis.com/infertility
  3. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cystic-fibrosis/
  4. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000107.htm
  5. https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/news/siblings-and-cf
  6. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/why-cant-i-get-pregnant
  7. https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/the-work-we-do/conference-and-meetings/cross-infection-at-events
  8. https://youngwomenshealth.org/2017/05/23/cystic-fibrosis-puberty-and-menstrual-periods/
  9. https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=cystic-fibrosis-and-the-digestive-system-90-P02934

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