Are Antidepressants a Factor in Male Infertility?

Are Antidepressants a Factor in Male Infertility?

Depression has become a common phenomenon today. There are many people across the world suffering from depression for one reason or the other. Some people have financial troubles while some others have personal issues.  Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Health issues also take a toll on your body and push you into depression. Depression, when untreated, can be dangerous because it can invite suicidal tendencies. You should be able to identify the symptoms of depression and talk to your doctor about it.

If the symptoms are severe, he will give you antidepressants to help you out. However, a recent study has revealed that antidepressants could actually affect male fertility. Thus, if your male partner takes antidepressants, you might want to get to the roots of this study to solve the problem.

Antidepressants and Male Infertility

Did you know that these medicines are among the most common medications today? The most common antidepressants are SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. However, some research has indicated that these particular medicines have a side effect that not many people are aware of: male infertility.

Low sperm count

Apparently antidepressants can cause problems in sperm production. Thus, the quantity of sperm produced will be lower. Low sperm count is the number one male infertility problem today. To make things worse, the effect of antidepressants on male fertility is significant. Two things have been effectively concluded for now. SSRIs are capable of lowering your sperm count by an astounding fifty percent.

Low sperm motility

SSRIs not just reduce the sperm production but they also tend to affect the motility of the sperm as well as their shape. Know that low sperm motility is another fertility problem in men. Even if the sperm count and motility are fine, if the morphology of the sperm is altered, the sperm are useless.

SSRIs could affect your sperm quality in the first month of taking them itself! With time, the effects will simply worsen. The medications apparently have a direct effect on the sperm. There is no indirect pathway.

Stress and depression

One of the experts behind this research says that stress and depression are very harmful right from the word go. If you take too much stress and get depressed, your testosterone levels will be affected. That in turn will lead to fertility issues.

If you add SSRIs to this problem, your sperm will be affected even more. All these put together, you will face a lot of problem when you try to conceive because you will unknowingly made yourself infertile.

What to do?

If the male partner takes antidepressants and you have not been able to get pregnant despite trying for a long time, there could be a link between these two. However, you don’t have to worry that much because the research has also pointed out that the effects on the sperm are not permanent.

Once you stop taking the medicines, your fertility will be restored. This does not mean that you suddenly stop taking the medicines. That could lead to withdrawal symptoms and a whole range of new problems.

Instead, consult your doctor and devise a plan to go accordingly. The doctor will let you know what to do so that you fight depression effectively and don’t harm your fertility either.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.