Infertility/Fertility/Muscular dystrophy

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Hello,
I'm not quite sure if this is the correct category to ask such a question as i couldnt find this disease between the category list. Anyway, my question is not really related to female infertility but it's the following:
I was wondering if a person with Muscular Dystrophy , which he acquired at a younget age from age of 2 for example , is he infertile? Can he have no kids?
Thank you for your time, sorry if this is not the correct place to ask. Thank you in advance :)

Answer
Hello Sarah from Lebanon,

Muscular dystrophy is a genetic disease but does not affect fertility.  The problem is it can then be transmitted to the child.  Since you elude to your child being a male, it is an X-chromosome linked genetic disease, so all female children (receiving an X from the father) will receive the gene but male children (receiving a Y from the father) will not.

Good Luck,

Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program
www.montereybayivf.com

Monterey, California, U.S.A.

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I am a specialist in infertility and advanced gynecological care. I can answer questions about infertility, gynecology related ills, menopause...virtually anything that affects women's health. PLEASE tell me where you are writing from as I am always interested.

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I have been practicing as an Ob/Gyn and Infertility Specialist for over 23 years. Gynecology, advanced laparoscopic surgery, basic infertility, IUI's, IVF, reproductive surgery, and ovulation induction are all areas of my expertise. I am Board Certified. I have been doing In Vitro Fertilization in my clinic for 19 years.

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American College of OB/GYN, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, Fellow of The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists,Resolve-National Chapter, Open Path - Northern California, Board of Directors Monterey Medical Society

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American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wall Street Journal, Monterey Herald, SERMO, Women's Health and Fertility Blog

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Medical Degree from Stanford University, Residency at Tripler Army Medical Center, Reproductive Training at Pacific Fertility Center, San Francisco

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