What is sickle cell anemia's effect on fertility and reproduction?

Significant. In men, it can cause priapism (a sustained penile erection in the absence of sexual activity/ desire)- is often underdiagnosed that leads to impotence. In women, pregnancy is associated with both fetal& maternal complication- related to compromised placental blood flow& include spontaneous abortion, growth restriction, fetal demise. Increase risk fo acute chest synd, preeclampsia, clots in mother.
Many. Low oxygen (as seen in sca) can decrease sperm counts and damage to sperm dna. For similar reasons these pregnancies can be complicated of the mom is +. Also, the genetic risk is a big deal for the baby.

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Is sickle cell anemia a severe condition?

Depends. It depends on the type of sickle cell disease a patient has, and how many attacks they get in a year and how severe those attacks are. Read more...
Significant problem. Sickle cell anemia is a significant and serious problem as it can cause acute and chronic complication- including death. However, the severity will depend on the type of sickle cell anemia, what complications/crisis and severity of complication/crisis that you have had? A regular follow up with your hematologist and compliance to your doctor recommendation are very important. Read more...

Is sickle cell anemia a contraindication for pregnancy?

Not by itself. Women with sickle cell disease can have children safely depending on what active complications of sickle cell disease they have. This is complicated and is a conversation best had with your hematologist. Read more...