Pregnancy and lungs transplant
I am waiting for a lung transplant. After the transplant, I would like to raise a child. My question is fourfold.
– Is it true that the medications I will have to take after the operation might be harmful to the fetus?
We know very little about post-transplantation pregnancy, because few studies have been performed.
Although pregnancy is possible following a lung transplant, it isn’t usually advised because of the high risk of serious complications in both the mother and the newborn.
– Does Quebec have a surrogate mother program? What do I have to do?
No surrogate mother services are currently available in Quebec. Though surrogacy is controversial, this procedure is legal in Canada, as long as it is not provided as a paid service.
– If the medication is dangerous for the fetus, could it also affect the ova that I will produce? In the meantime, should I have some ova harvested and frozen before my transplant? I hesitate, because it seems that high doses of hormones have to be injected before ova can be harvested. I worry that the hormones would have a negative effect on my health before the transplantation.
Unlike embryos (ova fertilized by spermatozoa), ova cannot be frozen for later use. A gynecologist colleague of mine stated that he would be unwilling to inject high doses of hormones to harvest ova in a woman with cystic fibrosis. He currently does this only for women who are perfectly healthy.
– Can a woman who has cystic fibrosis and diabetes take the contraceptive pill as a birth control method?
Women with cystic fibrosis and diabetes can take oral contraceptives as a birth control method.