5 Facts About Cystic Fibrosis and Reproduction

5 Facts About Cystic Fibrosis and Reproduction
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4. Possibilities for Fathering a Child Change After Transplant

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It may not be the most important point to consider before a life-saving transplant, but it is certainly important. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation says: “Although biological fatherhood after a lung transplant is certainly possible, many commonly prescribed anti-rejection medications have been known to cause birth defects. For this reason, some reproductive specialists may reject post-transplant sperm for use in in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) techniques.” Therefore, CF men who want a family in the future are advised to discuss this with their physicians.

Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.

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Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.

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One comment

  1. Laura Mentch says:

    I’ve never heard the term sperm canal used before. The vas deferens, which carries sperm from the testicles through the sexual anatomy, is usually absent at birth for men with CF. The seminal vesicles may also be smaller or absent.

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