Long term relationships, pregnancy and parenthood have become exciting realities for many individuals with cystic fibrosis. Unique challenges remain, but thanks to advances in reproductive technologies, an increasing number of people with cystic fibrosis are able to conceive and start a family.
Women with cystic fibrosis are often able to conceive naturally. However, it may take longer to become pregnant because it is believed that thicker vaginal mucus makes it more difficult for sperm to travel and fertilize the egg.
Men with cystic fibrosis can have normal sexual relations, but are usually infertile. In most men with cystic fibrosis, sperm is produced normally but the vas deferens (the tube connecting the testis to the ejaculatory duct) is blocked or absent, preventing sperm from reaching their destination. For these men, conception can be achieved through assisted reproductive technologies.
Ask your CF clinic team for a referral to a genetic counsellor to discuss family planning. The following resources provides additional information about sexuality and fertility:
Ride for the Breath of Life Calgary & Southern Alberta
Join us on Saturday August 25th!
This is the 11th Annual Ride for the Breath of Life motorcycle ride and poker run in support of cystic fibrosis. The Ride starts at Mr. Mikes Steakhouse in Airdrie, AB and ends at Balzac. The route makes its way through small town Alberta promising a scenic trip with fun activities and refreshments along the way from – Airdrie to Linden, Didsbury, Water Valley and finally to Balzac.
My name is Bonnie Brillinger. I am now at the lucky age of 42. I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 10 months of age. My biggest challenge with cystic fibrosis has been the insecurity of what the disease holds for my future.