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Cystic Fibrosis & Dating

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 16:18 -- IV Solutions

Although cystic fibrosis affects the pancreas, lungs, intestines, and sinuses, it does not affect the heart’s ability to love. Cystic fibrosis does not change the fact that having a relationship can be an important part of your life. But, there are certain considerations that you must be prepared for in the long road ahead.


Concerns for Dating with Cystic Fibrosis

46% of patients thought twice about starting a relationship because of CF. 

59% of patients worry that telling their partner about CF would change their relationship.

90% of patients tell their partner about CF within 3 months

66% of patients worry about how their partner’s parents would react when they found out they had CF.

The above statistics represent the biggest obstacle in dating for people with cystic fibrosis. Worry. It’s completely normal to worry about what your partner will think of you and what their parents will think. It might even make you hesitant to begin a relationship at all.

But it’s important to remember that everyone feels this way, cystic fibrosis or not. Overcoming worry and being open are the biggest emotional obstacles in any relationship. You can see that, ultimately, a great majority of people feel comfortable enough with their partner within 3 months to share their experience with cystic fibrosis.

93% say that infertility issues have never adversely affected a relationship

This statistic illustrates that, within a committed relationship, what you may feel like is a problem associated with cystic fibrosis, isn’t actually a problem at all.

55% never discuss mortality with their partner
⅓ women with CF were advised against pregnancy
Like everyone else, you do need to maintain realistic expectations about what is and isn’t healthy for your body. Lung function has been shown to be directly correlated to health in pregnancy and lung function above 60% is preferable. Gestational diabetes, liver disease complications, and premature delivery are all things that you should be prepared for and discuss with your physician. Don’t be discouraged if you are advised against pregnancy. Consult with your doctor about what can be done to improve your prognosis and implement those changes into your life.
 

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REFERENCES:

Cystic Fibrosis & Dating. Jessica Agimeno. 2015. Accessed Sept 10, 2015

Cystic Fibrosis and Relationships. Cystic Fibrosis Trust. 2009. Accessed Sept 10, 2015

Sexual adaptation among single young adults with cystic fibrosis. CHEST Journal. Sept 1984. Accessed Sept 10, 2015