Pregnancy / Childbirth

Drugs that reduce fertility


There is no doubt that drugs have a great impact on fertility. That is why it seems wise to stop taking many medications if you are planning a pregnancy. Especially if we've been trying for a baby for months.

Which drugs reduce the chances of having a child?

Antibiotics and fertility

Antibiotics are one of the important inventions of modern times. They allow you to fight many infections, including those that have a negative impact on fertility: both male and female. Unfortunately, some of them interfere with sperm production.

Particular caution should be exercised with minocyclines, aminoglycosides, nitrofurantonine, and sulfonamides. In addition, other preparations (broad-spectrum augmentin, keflex, ampicillin, amoxicillin) can cause the development of vaginal yeast that changes mucus, preventing sperm from penetrating it. In addition, yeast infection makes it difficult to assess mucus and identify fertile days.

Antidepressants and fertility

Popular drugs like Prozac or Zoloft (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) can negatively affect fertility in both women and men. First, they reduce libido, cause problems with erection and ejaculation. A common consequence of taking these drugs is hormonal imbalance and a reduction in the number of days mucus is fertile. Other studies indicate that antidepressants negatively affect sperm quality and reduce sperm count.

Taking or stopping antidepressants while trying to get pregnant is never easy. Therefore, before making a final decision, it is worth consulting a doctor.

Anti-inflammatory drugs and fertility

Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen can reduce fertility and even stop ovulation. If these preparations are taken frequently and in large quantities, the risk of negative consequences is considerable. A common effect of the use of this group of drugs is the syndrome of lutenization of the uncracked follicle, which may cause the follicle's inability to release the egg and reduce the secretion of fertile mucus.