More about Medication and Fertility

by Admin on July 13, 2018

As our medical capabilities get more advanced, there are more medications to treat ailments, infections, and diseases. However, as some medications can be helpful for treatment, they can also have negative side effects and implications on fertility.

Many blood pressure medications can cause a decrease in libido, as well as erectile dysfunction. Medications to treat blood pressure, known as calcium channel blockers, can inhibit the s

perm from fertilizing the egg.  In addition, there are blood pressure medications that can significantly reduce the volume and motility of semen produced as well as decrease sperm concentration.

Pain medications, such as opioids, are known to cause erectile dysfunction, as well as issues with ejaculation. These medications work by lowering the testosterone levels, which causes the production of sperm to decrease.

If you are prescribed antibiotics, be aware that these may affect sperm production. The bigger concern is the need for antibiotics to treat a fever related to an infection or illness. The fever can overheat the sperm in the testes which can affect sperm count for a few months.

The use of medication does not necessarily mean that you will not be able to conceive and become parents. We do recommend that you and your partner consult your medical practitioner to discuss all the medications both of you take and how these could affect your ability to have a child.  There are many medications that have less of an impact on fertility in case a certain drug affects sperm production, mobility, quantity or quality.

Feel free to consult our professionals to discuss the options to have a child. We are here to answer any of your questions about fertility issues, surrogacy, and related topics.

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