Prescription medicines - Causes of Female Infertility

They are designed to treat a single problem and are usually very efficient at doing so but they are not without their problems. All medicines have side effects which can affect other parts of the body and interfere with fertility.

If you are currently experiencing fertility problems and are taking any prescribed medication then it could be this medication which is causing the problem. Plus any side effects could trigger a condition which could worsen your infertility, for example, lowering oestrogen levels.

The following medicines are likely to cause infertility:

  • Blood pressure medicines
  • Steroids
  • Anti-depressants
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Impotency medicines

If you or your partner are trying to conceive and are prescribed any medications then mention this to your GP. Tell him/her that you are looking to start a family as he/she may be able to suggest an alternative which will reduce the risk of infertility.

The following side effects are related to infertility problems:

  • Hormone imbalance
  • Low egg count
  • Menstrual irregularities

Please note that if you have undergone cancer treatment such as chemotherapy then this will reduce your ability to conceive.

Male infertility is more common than you think and is discussed in greater detail in the next section.

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