15 July, 2018

How does Cystic fibrosis affect fertility?

Cystic fibrosis refers to an inherited condition that affects the gland responsible for making mucus and sweat. If each parent carries one gene for the disease, the children may be born with it too. Many Women discover that they are carriers when they become, or are trying to become pregnant.

Cystic Fibrosis and Fertility

Women who are carrier of cystic fibrosis do not experience any infertility issues due to this condition. However, some men who are carriers, have a specific type of infertility. This is caused due to a missing duct, called the vas defers, which transports sperm from testicles into the penis. Men with such a condition have the option of surgically recovering their sperm. It can then be implanted into their partner through intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

In ICSI, a single sperm is injected into an egg. In case fertilization happens, the embryo is implanted into the woman’s uterus, through in vitro fertilization. It is important to remember that even if both partners are carriers, you can still have healthy children.

Symptoms and Treatment

Many people with cystic fibrosis have no noticeable symptoms. Some carriers may experience mild symptoms, including:

  • Respiratory problems, such as bronchitis and sinusitis
  • Pancreatitis

Although there is no known cure for cystic fibrosis, lifestyle choices, treatments and medications can help you lead an easier life, despite the challenges you face.


As cystic fibrosis mainly affects the respiratory system and digestive tract, there may be several symptoms. They may change over time and fluctuate in severity. Proactive treatment and monitoring by your doctor may help ease symptoms and avoid fertility problems. Some of the things that you must focus on, when you’re undergoing treatment, include:

  • Maintaining proper nutrition
  • Preventing or treating intestinal blockages
  • Eliminating mucus from lungs
  • Preventing infection.

Doctors often prescribe medications which may include:

  • Antibiotics to help prevent and treat infection, primarily in the lungs
  • Oral pancreatic enzymes to aid digestion
  • Mucus-thinning drugs to support loosing and removal of mucus from the lungs through coughing

Your doctor may also suggest the use of bronchodilators, which help keep airways open, and physical therapy for chest. People with severe symptoms are often recommended to undergo surgery, which may include nasal polyp removal, bowel blockage surgery, or lung transplant.

If you or your partner are affected by cystic fibrosis, know that you can still become parents with the right precautions and treatment. Talk to our experts at KIMS Cuddles to know in detail.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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01 February, 2018

7 Fertility mistakes every couple makes

When trying to conceive for the first time, couples often make certain mistakes that delay conception. Here are 7 common fertility mistakes every couple makes and ways to improve your chances to get pregnant: Timing Typically, women have a 28-day cycle, which means ovulation generally happens around day 14. However, it isn’t guaranteed that every woman goes through the same. Individual cycles vary and you may have one that’s shorter or longer. In order to figure out the exact date of your ovulation, you can count back 14 days from the day you started your period. Seeing an expert to soon Most women under 35 take up to a year to get pregnant. If you’re feeling frustrated after trying for 6 or 7 months, and don’t have any underlying health problem, it is better to wait it out. Almost 80% of healthy couples get pregnant within a year. If you’re over 35, see an expert after six months of trying. Waiting too long to see an expert Sometimes, there are exceptions to the one-year-wait rule. If your cycle is shorter than 25 days or longer than 35 days, if your periods are painful or heavy, or you’ve experienced a pelvic infection in the past, see a doctor sooner to get everything checked.
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15 February, 2018

5 Ways your Home may be causing your infertility

Sometimes, despite having no apparent health problems, you may find yourself dealing with infertility. It may be worthwhile to take a closer look at certain external factors that may be the reason behind your inability to conceive. One of them is the home you live in. Here are 5 things in your home that may be the reason behind your infertility: Soaps Antibacterial soap may be expert at eliminating germs, but it may also have an effect on your chances of conceiving. Apart from these, certain shampoos, dishwashing liquids, and certain toothpaste may contain triclosan – a chemical linked to the endocrine disruption that may play havoc with your hormones and interfere with your reproductive system. In men, triclosan can reduce sperm count. Make sure your household soaps are free from this substance. Canned Goods Hard plastics and those used to make microwave-safe food containers and water bottles may contain a chemical known as BPA or bisphenol A. It can also be found in the linings of aluminum cans. According to research, high levels of BPA in men’s urine can lower their sperm count. Even in women, those with twice as much BPA in their bloodstream had half as many viable eggs. Research has shown a link between BPA levels and polycystic ovary syndrome. Avoid
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19 February, 2018

5 Facts about smoking and infertility

Smoking is injurious to your health. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall well-being. If you’re a smoker, you probably know that it can affect your fertility. In order to improve your chances of conceiving, it is important to quit smoking. Here are 5 facts about smoking and infertility that you should know: Smoking can cause infertility Those who smoke are more likely to have fertility problems than non-smokers. If you’ve been smoking for many years or smoke many cigarettes per day, you are at an increased risk for fertility problems. Smoking spreads more than 7000 chemicals throughout your entire body and organs. This can cause fertility problems, such as : Problems with ovulation Genetic problems Damage to your reproductive organs Damage to eggs or premature menopause Increased risk of cancer and miscarriage When smokers take fertility treatments, they tend to take longer to get pregnant. They are also likely to give birth to babies with health problems. Secondhand smoke can affect your fertility If your partner is a smoker and you’re trying to get pregnant, encourage them to stop smoking. Secondhand smoke may expose you to toxic chemicals that affect your fertility. Experts say that secondhand smoke is as damaging to your fertility as smoking
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