Cystic Fibrosis and Infertility

Cystic fibrosis   is a genetic disorder that can rake havoc in the lives of individuals affected. It’s usually inherited from one’s parents. The disease can lead to several health conditions which may be very difficult to handle.   There’s the issue of Cystic fibrosis and infertility.   In most cases, adult men are the worst affected when it comes this.  A good number of men living with cystic fibrosis are infertile.   Current report from Cystic Fibrosis Trust has it that approximately 98% of men living with the disease are infertile.  This suggests that 2 or 3 out of 100 men living with cystic fibrosis are infertile.

The remote cause of infertility in the lives of men living with the disease is very clear. Usually cystic fibrosis   attacks the reproductive system of   such men.  In most cases, thick and stick mucus will be formed around their reproductive organs.  This will cause low production of sperm.   Usually, the condition comes in levels.  Men suffering from atypical cystic fibrosis usually have mild symptoms. The mucus formed on their reproductive organs may not be all that too large.  This usually affects the production of sperm. Such men may still produce sperm but that will be in smaller quantities. The sperm count may not be able to fertilize the female ovary.

In the lives of men living with classical cystic fibrosis, large buildups of mucus are found around their reproductive organs.  In most cases, such men will also experience large buildups of mucus around their lungs, pancreas, liver and the intestines.   They may experience symptoms such as lung infections, lung damage, liver damage, pancreatitis, digestive   problems and a lot more.   Oftentimes, such men also develop diabetes. This occurs when the pancreas stops working. Usually, this organ has the function of secreting insulin which is the hormone responsible for controlling the level of the blood sugar. When cystic fibrosis attacks the pancreas, it can stop work thereby affecting the production of insulin. This therefore leads to diabetes.

Meanwhile the infertility in men issue occurs when cystic fibrosis attacks the entire reproductive system of the men living with it.  This can lead to poor production of sperm. In severe cases, such men may find it very difficult to produce sperm.  Once a man is unable to produce sperm, he’s considered infertile.

Meanwhile, women living with cystic fibrosis may also become infertile if proper care is not taken.  At the initial stages, such women may still have the   ability to grow their ovaries.  However, as the disease and its symptoms remain untreated,   the menstrual cycle of   such women will be affected.  They may begin to experience irregular menstrual cycles.  This can also affect the production of the female ovaries.  Again, such women may also have thick and sticky mucus around their cervix regions. This will make it very difficult for sperm to penetrate into the uterus.  When such issues occur, the women are likely to become infertile.  They may not be able to conceive at all.

In any case,   infertility cases both in men and women emanating from the presence of cystic fibrosis can still be treated and controlled.  In most cases, regular medical checkups are required. The doctor will carry out several tests in order to diagnose the condition.  Certain medications and diets will also be prescribed.   If the patients are able to follow regular medical instructions, their condition may be treated.    Cystic fibrosis    may not be cured, but the infertility problem can be treated. Such men and women will then have the chances of giving birth to babies.

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