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fertilityThe power to reproduce or the possession of such power. See also INFERTILITY.
- the readiness with which the gamete of an organism may fuse with a GAMETE of the other sex.
- the capability of an ovum of being fertilized, or of a sperm of fertilizing an egg and so giving rise to a viable ZYGOTE.
- the capability of an organism, particularly a hybrid (see HETEROSIS), of producing more fertilized ova than others. Where such organisms give rise to more young, they are also more fecund (see FECUNDITY), a term with which fertility is often confused.
- a measure of the productiveness of soil.
Patient discussion about fertility
Q. What is the connection between alcoholism & male fertility? If a guy drank heavily for many years, then stayed sober for many years, would his ability to impregnate a woman disappear, or be at all diminished, as a result of his years as a hard-core alcoholic? In other words, would he not have to worry about using any birth control because in his situation it was rendered unnecessary due to the negative effects of long-term drinking? And would such bad effects, if indeed they had kicked in, have been canceled out by a long period of sobriety after the drinking years?
Q. Can cystic fibrosis patients have children? My boyfriend has cystic fibrosis, and currently he’s treated with many medications but usually healthy (other than pneumonia from hospitalization from time to time). I heard that men with cystic fibrosis can’t have children - is that true? Is there anything he can do about it?
I'M SO SORRY ABOUT MY ENGLISH, I'M LEARNING.
Q. Do women with cystic fibrosis have difficult pregnancy? My wife has cystic fibrosis, and after 3 year of marriage we decided we want a baby. I know that men with cystic fibrosis are usually infertile and can’t have children- is that the case also for women with cystic fibrosis? Is the pregnancy in women with cystic fibrosis more problematic? Is it dangerous?