Drugs That Might Affect Your Fertility

Most drugs which affect female fertility require a prescription upon purchase. If you constantly require prescribed drugs for your chronic symptoms, it is best to inform your doctor that you are going to conceive a baby in order to allow your doctor to make necessary adjustment on your medication. If you are constantly having non-prescription drugs, it is advised to consult your doctor too before pregnancy.

Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
As we all know, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, for arthritis and rheumatism will hinder ovulation, such as ibuprofen. If you take ibuprofen only when suffering dysmenorrhea or headache with smaller than prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and it will not cause any problems.

Immunosuppressant and Steroids
Immunosuppressant and steroids are used to treat asthma and lupus, such as cortisone and prednisone, will result in menstrual cycle disorder, making pregnancy much difficult. The drugs will hinder your pituitary gland to secrete enough follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), thus influencing normal ovulation. However, this phenomenon will only occur upon large quantity of medication’s consumption.

Blood Pressure and Central Nervous System Drugs
Certain drugs are used to control blood pressure will result in the increase prolactin level, causing ovulation. Almost all drugs prescribed for central nervous system, such as sedatives or drugs treatment of epilepsy will affect the ovulating ability of the pituitary and prolactin.

Skin Care Product
If you are trying to conceive, it is best to avoid using skin care lotions and external supplies which contain estrogen or progesterone (also known as “progesterone”). Although the amount absorbed may not be sufficient enough to affect your ovulation, it is better not to take the risks.

What to do if you find out a possible drug to cause infertility?
If you think the drug being used may have negative effect on your fertility, do not simply stop using it. Every medication needs to weigh the benefits and the possibility of fertility problems brought by these drugs. Therefore, you should consult your doctor and make sure which drug is the most suitable drug for your personal condition.

This article is contributed by ReLife International Medical Center. For more details on our advanced medical services for infertility, please kindly consult us. We are happy to provide a medical solution for your inquiry.