Adverse Affects of Anti-Depressants

AntiDepressants_Fertility_blog_june09.jpg Studies have come out about anti-depressants damaging sperm health and hindering male fertility. The study said that nearly half the men on standard anti-depressant medications have had impaired fertility due to the side effects. There has been a large amount of research done on male infertility recently, especially highlighting the issues of home and common products with such adverse impacts. The Chicago Tribune reported on the findings, "It's fairly well known that SSRI anti-depressants negatively impact erectile function and ejaculation. This study goes on step further, demonstrating that they can cause a major increase in genetic damage to sperm," said Dr. Peter Schlegel, the study's senior author and professor of reproductive medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. "Although this study doesn't look directly at fertility, we can infer that as many as half of men taking SSRIs have a reduced ability to conceive." Men on anti-depressants are being urged to monitor their sperm quality, especially those ready to undergo infertility treatments. Generally obesity, smoking, alcohol and drug use impair fertility, but this new study may answer a lot of questions for many couples struggling to conceive.
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