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What are the chances of a woman with cystic fibrosis getting pregnant?

What are the chances of a woman with cystic fibrosis getting pregnant?

Fair: Men with CF are generally infertile, but this is not true of women with cf. Women with CF may have many pregnancy related complications, as airway clearance becomes more difficult as the pregnancy advances and may lead to a permanent decline in lung function. Talk with your CF center about it. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What is the probablity of a woman with cystic fibrosis getting pregnant?

What is the probablity of a woman with cystic fibrosis getting pregnant?

Usually good: In women with cystic fibrosis, vaginal mucus is often thicker, making it more difficult for the sperm to travel and for fertilization to take place. It often takes longer for women with cystic fibrosis to become pregnant, although this in no way affects the pregnancy itself or the fetus (85% of couples conceive within the first 12 months after stopping contraception). Ivf is also an option. ...Read more

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What percentage of female va male fetuses get cystic fibrosis?

50/50: It is about 50/50; there is no real difference in the incidence of cystic fibrosis between males and females. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a woman be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the late age of 67 years?

Is it possible for a woman be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the late age of 67 years?

Unlikely: At age 49, a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis would be very unlikely. That being said, a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, which is different from cf, could be possible, and generally occurs later in life. Pulmonary fibrosis can give the same signs and symptoms as cf. You can experience shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, and weight loss. Smoking is a risk factor. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a child getting cystic fibrosis among the different racial groups in the u.S.?

What are the chances of a child getting cystic fibrosis among the different racial groups in the u.S.?

Overall 1/3700: Acording to the CF foundation: the overall birth prevalence is 1/3700 . It can occur in any race, however the greatest incidence is in caucasians of northern european descent, being 1/2500. The other major groups affected are hispanics 1/13500, african americans 1/15000. More than 10 million of us carry one part of the defective gene, but to have the disease you must have a copy from both parents. ...Read more

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Do males or females get cystic fibrosis and why?

Do males or females get cystic fibrosis and why?

Equal: More than 10 million americans are unknowing, symptomless carriers of the defective cystic fibrosis gene. In order to develop cf, an individual must inherit a defective gene from each parent. Since the CF gene is not on a sex chromosome (x or y), males and females are equally affected. ...Read more

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How can you get easily checked up for cystic fibrosis?

Sweat chloride test: CF is an abnormality of chloride channels. A simple test where they tape a special paper to your arm and measure the amount of chloride in your sweat can help rule in or out cf. ...Read more

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I'm worried I have cystic fibrosis. How do I get tested?

I'm worried I have cystic fibrosis. How do I get tested?

Sweat test: Cystic fibrosis is diagnosed by an abnormal sweat test and clinical symptoms that match the diagnosis. Genetic tests can also be done to determine if there are any mutations of the cftr gene that are known to cause cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get cystic fibrosis, or is it unusual?

Depends on ethnicity: CF is a genetic condition inherited from carrier parent. Carrier frequency depends on the ethnic background . 1/25 caucasians have one copy of normal, one copy of a mutated CF gene. Both genes have to be mutated to have cf. Hispanic carrier frequency 1/50, africanam 1/70 , asian 1/90. 1/5000 babies are born with cf, this may be decreasing, since pregnent females are now screened for CF ...Read more

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What is a good way to get checked up for cystic fibrosis?

Sweat chloride test: Talk to your physician who can direct you and order a test, if indicated. The gold standard test is the sweat chloride test. Blood testing may also be available, again, if indicated. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract. It causes recurrent lung infections and inhibits growth in patients. Average life expectancy of patients with cystic fibrosis ...Read more


Dr. Gerard Honore
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Getting Pregnant (Definition)

Conception is the act of the man's sperm attaching to and entering ("fertilizing") the woman's egg. This fusion leads to the ...Read more