How Some Medications May Affect Fertility

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Medications That May Affect Fertility

Posted by The MAB Team on 10/18/2012 to Fertility

Please be advised that the Make A Baby Team is not prepared to provide any medical advise if someone is taking any of the medications listed below, nor are we capable of suggesting that anyone should stop taking these medications to increase fertility. We are simply here to provide information that may be of value to our readers who are trying to increase fertility. Taking any of the medications listed below may quite possibly NOT play any significant role in one's infertility.

This is due to the fact that the administration and effects of certain medications and fertility problems are highly subjective. It is also very important to note that there must be a balance between tackling possible fertility problems and the benefits of taking certain drugs to manage various medical conditions. We ask that you seek medical advice before making any serious decisions pertaining to your medicinal intake as it relates to increasing your chances of conceiving.

Below is a list of several different types of medications that MAY affect fertility in both men and women.

Steroids
  • i.e. Cortisone, Prednisone
  • Used to treat asthma and lupus
  • May cause irregular menstrual cycles
  • May cause impotence
  • High dosages may prevent the pituitary gland from producing enough follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and/or luteinizing hormone, both of which support ovulation
Older Antihypertensive Medications
  • i.e. Largactil, Aldomet
  • Used to control blood pressure
  • May raise prolactin levels
  • May cause impotence
  • May interfere with ovulation
Certain Skin Creams and Gels
  • Especially those containing oestrogen or progesterone
  • It is fairly unlikely that enough of these hormones will be absorbed to affect ovulation, but anything is possible
Medications That Target The Central Nervous System
  • i.e. Adderall, Concerta, Effexor
  • Antidepressants, Tranquilizers, Seizure Medications
  • May raise prolactin levels
  • May cause impotence
  • May prevent the pituitary gland from promoting ovulation
  • Thyroid Medication
  • Too much or too little can affect ovulation
Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatories
  • i.e. ibuprofen
  • Used to treat arthritis and rheumatism
  • May interfere with ovulation
  • Antibiotics (Long Term Use)
  • May reduce sperm count
  • May reduce semen quality

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