Can a person who has TB disease have children?

Yes, a person who has TB can have children. Medication for TB does not affect the fertility of a man or a woman. If you are planning a pregnancy, it is better to wait until your TB treatment is finished. When you are healthy, you have more strength to take care of your baby.

If you are already pregnant when TB is diagnosed, medical treatment will be planned accordingly. TB medicines are not dangerous but untreated TB is a risk for both the mother and unborn baby. If TB treatment has gone well, the mother may take care of her child and breastfeed normally after delivery.

If the mother’s TB can spread during birth, the newborn will be given medication to prevent TB disease. The mother can take care of the baby if it has been confirmed that her TB is drug susceptible.

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