Most patients experience restored fertility after a transplant. For example, there is an advantage to transplantation over dialysis for kidney patients who want to have children.
For patients with cystic fibrosis, fertility problems may extend beyond transplant. In men, the vas deferns, the tube that normally carries the sperm from the testicles to the penis, may be blocked or defective. In women, fertility problems result from thick mucus blocking the cervix.
Reference and Publication Information
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is committed to providing accurate and reliable information for transplant patients. The content on this page was originally created on June 8, 2005 by UNOS and last modified on December 15, 2017. The following sources were used as references:
American Association of Kidney Patients, retrieved June 9, 2005.
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