prescriptionYou and you partner are trying to conceive. You quit smoking, cut back on your alcohol intake and start eating a more nutritious diet. While these are all great steps to take in order to boost your fertility, it may not even cross your mind to look into your prescription medications.

Prescription medications are classified based on their potential pregnancy and fertility risks. So when trying to conceive it’s important to check with your doctor to see if any of your current prescription medications could prevent or hinder pregnancy.

Here are a few types of medications you should ask your doctor about when trying to conceive:

Antidepressants. Some of these medications have been shown to cause side effects that impact the reproductive system. In women, those include loss of libido as well as ovulation and menstrual irregularities. In men, taking certain antidepressants may result in lowered sperm count and motility.

Blood pressure medications. These may cause erectile dysfunction in men, making it harder to achieve pregnancy.

Thyroid medications. Some medications to treat thyroid conditions have also been shown to disrupt ovulation.

Opiates. When used long-term, they have the potential to disrupt the signals that control testosterone production. This can cause low testosterone and decrease the quantity and quality of sperm.

Steroids. Cortisone, prednisone and other steroids that are often used to treat conditions like asthma, can stop ovulation altogether.

Every prescription medication is different, and it’s possible that yours may not be hindering pregnancy at all. But it never hurts to talk with your doctor about anything you’re taking, including prescription medications, herbal supplements or even vitamins.

The bottom line is that when it comes to conceiving your baby, it never hurts to check with your doctor about anything you’re putting into your body.

The ART Fertility Program of Alabama is located in Birmingham, Alabama with additional locations in Huntsville, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa. The program is led by Dr. Kathryn Honea, Dr. Virginia Houserman and Dr. Chris Allemand who are Board Certified specialists in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. All are skilled in comprehensive infertility care and offer a complete range of infertility services.

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