Thursday, September 4, 2008

CF & PG - I Just Learned Something New

A person on the CF forums posted a link to the Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. (CFRI) webpage, which currently lists the slideshows presented at their annual conference. One of these is titled Sexuality and Reproductive Issues in Cystic Fibrosis. It has several slides on pregnancy and CF, and it lists a few facts I didn't know, including:

  • Not only do we have issues with thick CM, but we also lack ferning around ovulation (ferning is a mechanism that allows the sperm to swim through the CM)

  • Ovulation requires 100 calories - This could be an issue for PI (pancreatic insufficient) CFers who have trouble getting enough calories

  • A BMI of 20 and FEV1 of 50% is preferred before getting PG

  • CFers are at greater risk for gestational diabetes compared to non-CFers

  • Lung function is higher during a woman's lutal phase (after ovulation) that it is before ovulation

  • They really stressed that "It is motherhood not pregnancy that may impact on one’s health!"
The slideshow also listed a few things I'd already heard, including CM creating a sperm barrier, and the need for careful pregnancy planning with the CF team.

It is encouraging to see that so many women with CF are successfully having children!

1 comment:

Jess said...

It sure is great to see that! It's so encouraging for us with CF to hopefully be able to become pregnant!! :D

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