Individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF) can often experience a blockage of the vas deferens, leading to infertility.
Congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens is also common, where the vas deferens is missing completely.
IVF and sperm retrieval are still viable options for most males with CF, but it is important to consult with a urologist or fertility specialist on these decisions.
It is clear that males with CF share fertility issues that are also common in the general population. However there is no currently agreed upon link between CF and impaired sperm count.
Reproductive issues can have pronounced impacts on mental health and an individual’s relationships, and so it is important to be sensitive to the increased risk of reproductive issues in the CF Community.
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