Fertility and Pregnancy: Common Concerns of the Aging Cystic Fibrosis Population

ArticleinClinics in Chest Medicine 28(2):433-43 · July 2007with21 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.ccm.2007.02.009 · Source: PubMed
Due to dramatically improved survival, cystic fibrosis (CF) is now considered a chronic disease of adults. Many men and women who have CF are interested in starting families and have questions regarding fertility and pregnancy, making discussion of these issues important in routine CF care. This article addresses key issues of fertility in men and women who have CF and discusses pregnancy, including maternal and fetal outcomes, highlighting advances over the last decade.
    • "A chronic disease may affect physical and/orTable 2 Important topics in reproductive and sexual health in CF. Sexual development, puberty delay [2,3,1617181920 Semen analysis, small volume ejaculation [2,15,20] Infertility [2,3,14,15,19202122 Menstrual cycle [3,8,17,19,20,23] Condom use–prevention of STDs–birth control [ psychological well-being and therefore indirectly affect sexual behavior. This model is comprehensive and provides an excellent framework for CF research on how CF affects sexual functioning and sexual well-being. "
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