Common drugs & conditions could be affecting your fertility

Unless your doctor informed you about it, the likelihood of you knowing which common drugs could be affecting your fertility is probably very small.

Drug What’s it used for? How if affects fertility
Anabolic steroids To build muscle Interferes with testicular function
Anti-depressants Depression Inability to ejaculate, disrupt menstrual cycles, lead to birth defects in the first trimester.
Antibiotics Bacterial infections Disrupt ovulation/cervical mucus
Anti-anxiety drugs (diazepam, alprazolam) Anxiety Increased risk of birth defects
Cold and flu meds with antihistamines Allergies, cold and flu meds Thicken or dry up cervical mucus making it very hard for sperm to swim
Accutane Acne Severe birth defects
Corticosteroids Psoriasis, itchy skin conditions Disrupt menstrual cycles, decreased libido in men
Ulcer medication (cimetidine) Stomach ulcers Impact sperm production and the ability to have an erection
High Blood Pressure meds (potassium sparing, calcium channel blockers, alpha blockers) High blood pressure Decrease libido, interfere with erections, makes sperm sluggish, retrograde ejaculation, irregular menstrual cycles
Ibuprofen (Advil, Aleve) Pain Disrupt ovulation
Chemotherapy drugs Cancer Sterility and infertility in both partners

 

Here are some conditions, infections and procedures affecting fertility:

Condition/Procedure How if affects fertility
Diabetes Type II (adult onset) Irregular cycles, infertility
Insulin resistance Irregular cycles, infertility
Obesity Irregular cycles, infertility
Diabetes Type I – insulin dependent Early menopause due to autoimmune attack on the ovaries, retrograde ejaculation, erectile dysfunction
Thyroid disease Hypo and hyper thyroidism can cause irregular menstrual cycles and interfere with ovulation
Autoimmune diseases Ovaries can be attacked by the immune system.
Anemia Ovulatory disruption
Chlamydia infection (STD) Ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, epidydymitis, infertility

 

 

What to do?

Healthy pure diet and lifestyle promote robust health. The healthier you are the less likely you’ll need medications for pain, stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. Same goes for infections. The healthier you are the more robust is your immune system able to fight of and ward off pathogens before they get a chance to invade and multiply.

However if you are currently taking some of those medications or are dealing with some of the conditions mentioned afore consider the following:

  • If your condition can be modified with diet and lifestyle – diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, anaemia, allergies, frequent colds and flu and many more – start doing the necessary changes and under your doctors guidance gradually reduce medication and eventually come off it if at all possible.
  • Seek natural alternatives that can be used in the place of the drug.
  • Use complementary medicine treatments for your condition to help your body heal itself.
  • And remember if you want a complete guide with step-by-step instructions on how to avoid fertility destroying drugs and conditions and dozens or more natural fertility strategies, see ‘Body Exposed – Reprotoxicants’ part of “Natural Fertility Prescription Program” by Iva Keene. Prominent fertility naturopath Iva Keene publishes the ‘Ultimate Fertility’ ezine with tips to get you pregnant ASAP. Get you FREE Fertility Tips now.