Study record managers: refer to the Data Element Definitions if submitting registration or results information. Antidepressant medications are commonly prescribed in the USA not only for depression, but also for anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, premature ejaculation, post-traumatic stress disorder, and neuropathic pain. Despite being widely prescribed in the United States in men of reproductive age, the impact of antidepressants on fertility has not been extensively studied.
SSRIs are famous for having sexual side effects such as decreased desire, erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation, and inability to achieve orgasm. Not as frequently talked about, however, is the negative effect that SSRIs have on sperm quantity and quality. And they are prescribed not only by psychiatrists, but also by Family Medicine Practitioners, Internists, Cardiologists, Gynecologists, and Neurologists.
I'm a long-time user of antidepressants. I started my first round of prozac when I was around 15 years old, and I've been off and on them ever since. It's never easy to start taking medication, but mental health is just as important as physical health.
Antidepressants have become some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the US, especially SSRIs selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. These are prescribed not just by psychiatrists, but also by internists, neurologists, family practitioners, cardiologists and gastroenterologists for depression and anxiety. Of course, no medication comes without side effects, and SSRIs have theirs as well. SSRIs have been found to cut a man's sperm count as well as the normal shape and motility of their sperm by 50 percent.
Hello, Thank you for asking your query at DoctorSpring There are NO reports or data which shows evidence for decreased sperm count, motility or any sperm analysis parameter in general. However there are isolated case reports of decreased sperm motility because of the use of Bupropion. None available for Mirtazapine.
A correspondent asks: "What are the risks and possible side effects of long-term usage of bupropion in terms of sperm genetic abnormalities? Does it affect fertility? Does it cause genetic problems?
Men who wish to father a child should talk to their doctor before starting a new medication or having any treatments. Non-FDA approved male fertility supplements may be widely advertised as fertility enhancers but they have not been scientifically evaluated and may cause harm. Before you take any supplements it is important to discuss it with a healthcare provider.
There are potentially many different causes of male infertility, including hormonal, anatomical, and secondary to exposure to exogenous substances. In many cases of MFI, a definitive cause for abnormalities is never identified. Recently, the research community has given greater attention to identifying causes of MFI ranging from genetic Y chromosome microdeletions to mechanisms of environmental damage on sperm production.
Sperm production is a complex process that lasts approximately ten weeks, during which time sperm precursor cells are transformed into fully mature sperm. At any time during this process, sperm production can be influenced by outside factors, including medications or supplements that may be taken. In general, topical medications such as creams or ointments are going to have much less systemic absorption, and typically have little impact on male fertility potential. The following categories of medications are known to potentially have a significant negative impact on male fertility:.