Reproductive Knowledge and Preferences of Adolescents and Adults with Cystic Fibrosis: A Web-Based Assessmentedit
The reproductive consequences of cystic fibrosis (CF) have increased in relevance as individuals with CF now live well into their reproductive years. This article describes the first Internet-based study of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) knowledge, experiences, and preferences of adolescents and adults with CF participating in an online discussion board. Although broad SRH knowledge was demonstrated, CF-specific SRH knowledge was incomplete. Respondents reported wanting providers to initiate reproductive health discussions and offer more CF-specific SRH information. Respondents also reported experiencing a variety of disease-specific reproductive health issues (e.g., shortness of breath with sexual activity, vaginal dryness due to viscous mucous, etc.). Future research should explore how to enhance access to disease-specific SRH information.