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
- 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.
Female Infertility Guide Index:
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (POS)
- Hostile cervical mucus
- Tubal blockage
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Antiphospholipid Antibodies (APA)
- Age and egg quality
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Smoking and alcohol consumption
- Prescription medicines
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- infertility myths
- infertility facts
- female infertility
- medical conditions
- emotional aspects of infertility
- donor insemination
- infertility and your general practitioner
- fertility success rates
- fertility treatment abroad
- infertility tests
- infertility treatment
- infertility faqs
- the cost of infertility tests and treatment
- ivf (in vitro fertilisation) and gift (gamete intra fallopian transfer)
- finding a fertility clinic
- male infertility
- pregnancy tests
- Fertility Extension