Can Anti Anxiety Medication Cause Infertility?

Can Anti Anxiety Medication Cause Infertility?

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Many women suffer from anxiety and despression, and find that anti-anxiety medications help them to feel much better. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are very helpful medications which help by changing the balance of serotonin in the brain. However, these SSRI’s tend to have a negative effect on the fertility of men. Not only can they cause erectile dysfunction and problems with ejaculation, but they can diminish sperm production as well. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

However, it seems that usually once these drugs are stopped, male fertility returns to normal fairly quickly. For women, studies have shown that serotonin can also be responsible for healthy, maturing eggs. This could be the reason why when women experience depression or anxiety, they are also more likely to experience infertility as well. For this reason, it appears that in some cases, women can actually benefit from SSRI treatment while trying to conceive.

However, once a woman does become pregnant, she and her doctor will have to weigh the risks and the benefits of using an SSRI during pregnancy. Women can also try some natural options to handle their anxiety and depression during trying to conceive and pregnancy. If you suffer from anxiety or depression and are concerned about how it might affect your fertility, be sure to talk with your doctor.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).