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Assisted Reproduction and CF

Assisted Reproduction and CF is often a popular family building option among people with cystic fibrosis. Learn more about common Assisted Reproduction and CF to find the right family option for you.

Getting pregnant the “natural” manner might be difficult or impossible for some women and most men with cystic fibrosis. Assisted reproductive and CF. Assisted reproductive technology, on the other hand, allows them to have biological children.


In-vitro fertilization is part of ART.

In vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), surrogacy, and a variety of additional reproductive treatments are available. You can choose whether ART is the correct family planning option for you by learning the basics of typical ART procedures and knowing more about the benefits and drawbacks.

ART for Men With Cystic Fibrosis
Because of a blockage or lack of the sperm tube, known as congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens, the majority of males with CF (97-98 percent) are infertile (CBAVD). Despite the fact that the vas deferens

The sperm are not obstructed or absent. In fact, 90% of men with CF and CBAVD have normal sperm production in their testicles., which means that most CF men can still conceive biological children via ART.

If you have CF and want biological children, the first step is to see a urologist who can conduct surgical sperm retrieval or testicular sperm aspiration (also known as MESA or TESA), a procedure in which a needle is inserted to the testicles to extract sperm.

Fertilization in vitro
After you’ve talked to your CF care team and spouse about the pros and cons of starting a family and getting pregnant, the next step is to research typical methods and procedures.

In-vitro fertilization (IVF), or the act of manually uniting an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish and then transferring the embryo into the uterus, is one of the most frequent methods of ART. IVF is a popular choice among women with CF who have a hard time getting pregnant or whose partners are confirmed to be genetic carriers, in addition to being the technique required for many partners of men with CF to become pregnant.

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