Attitudes and Decision Making Related to Pregnancy Among Young Women with Cystic Fibrosis

Matern Child Health J. 2017 Apr;21(4):818-824. doi: 10.1007/s10995-016-2181-z.


Introduction The number of female patients with CF able to consider pregnancy has increased with improved therapies. This study explored attitudes and decision making regarding pregnancy among young women with CF. Methods Twenty-two women with CF ages 18-30 years completed semi-structured, in-person interviews exploring experiences with preconception counseling and reproductive care in the CF setting. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed, and coded using a thematic analysis approach. Results Participants indicated CF is a major factor in pregnancy decision making. Although women acknowledged that CF influences attitudes toward pregnancy, many expressed confusion about how CF can affect fertility/pregnancy. Many perceived disapproval from CF providers regarding pregnancy and were dissatisfied with reproductive care in the CF setting. Discussion Young female patients with CF reported poor understanding of the effect of CF on fertility and pregnancy and limited preconception counseling in CF care. Improvements in female sexual and reproductive health care in CF are warranted.

Keywords: Cystic fibrosis; Fertility; Pregnancy; Sexual and reproductive health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cystic Fibrosis*
  • Decision Making
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy / psychology*
  • Reproductive Health*
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology*
  • Women's Health
  • Young Adult