As an infertile man with cystic fibrosis, I never thought my wife and I would be on the cusp of our first pregnancy. Fortunately, over the last 18 months, we've learned a thing or two about navigating the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) process.
Women with CF have thicker cervical mucus and can have ovulation issues due to poor nutrition. However, the majority of women with CF are fertile and can become pregnant if appropriate contraception is not used.
By learning about the implications of all transplant-related medications and treatments before undergoing a transplant, men with cystic fibrosis can avoid some of the harmful reproductive side effects and improve their ability to have biological children post-transplant.
By understanding the effects that different forms of contraception can have on people with cystic fibrosis, you can choose the method that is right for you.
Sex and relationships are essential parts of life. For some people with CF, making the distinction between sexuality and intimacy can be an important step in navigating the ups and downs of having a chronic illness.
For some people with CF, having sex can come with physical discomfort, aggravations and pain. Fortunately, some practical tips and advice can help both men and women with CF fully enjoy their sex lives.
My wife and I opted for a surrogate to carry our child following her double-lung transplant. After five years of struggling with a bad surrogacy agency, we finally switched providers and found a surrogate who is now carrying our child.
More women with cystic fibrosis are reaching reproductive age, becoming pregnant, and delivering babies. Nutrition before and during pregnancy is essential for all women.
When I was pregnant in the early 2000s, there was little information available about cystic fibrosis and pregnancy, and I didn't even know what concerns to address with my providers. I am glad more women with CF have shared their family building experience.
Because of the shortened life expectancy projected for those with cystic fibrosis, I was always cautious about the idea of having children. Those fears melted away after I started Trikafta® and received the greatest surprise of my life.