5 Facts About CF, Reproduction and Sex

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2. CF Treatment Can Cause Women to Experience Problems

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While the disease does not cause infertility in women, treatments for the disease can cause problems for some women. “Certain antibiotics and corticosteroids (prednisone), which most women with cystic fibrosis take on a daily basis, have been known to change the normal levels of acidity and bacteria in the vagina. For this reason, women with CF are especially prone to getting fungal vaginitis (also known as thrush or a vaginal yeast infection) caused by a microorganism called Candida albicans,” according to the foundation. In addition, women with CF are also more likely to suffer stress incontinence, and have irregular menstruation related to poor nutrition.

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