Here is a list of drugs you should think twice about taking if you are trying to conceive.
Always tell your doctor that you are trying to get pregnant and double check with him/her if the drug they want to prescribe is safe for fertility. If its not get well first before trying to conceive or look into natural alternatives to treat your condition.
You need to be in best health at the time of conception for the beast outcome for you and your baby.
9 Drugs Which Affect Your Fertility
- Antibiotics – Can interfere with production of sperm. They are; Minocin, nitrofurantoin, sulfasalazine and aminoglycosides. In women their use predisposes to yeast infections and can interfere with fertile mucus production. This specifically applies to broad spectrum antibiotics such as; ampicillin, amoxicillin, Augmentin and Keflex. Always use probiotics when you need to take antibiotics. Take probiotics few hours after taking antibiotics. Strengthen you immune system with zinc, selenium, vitamins A, C and E, eat fresh garlic, ginger, onions and horseradish on a weekly basis to keep your immunity strong.
- Antidepressants – SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) have libido lowering effect on both men and women, predispose to erectile and ejaculatory dysfunction, reduce the duration of fertile mucus, lower sperm counts, interfere with hormone balance, may increase prolactin levels and suppress ovulation (tricyclic antidepressants). Depending on the severity of depression you may be able to treat depression naturally. High doses of Omega 3’s – especially DHA, B group vitamins and the herb St. John’s Wort have been shown to help alleviate mild forms of depression. Exercise is another great way to boost your serotonin levels and is spending time in nature and sunlight.
- Antihistamines – Should be avoided around ovulation time as they can interfere with fertile mucus production. This especially applies to; Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra and Chlor Trimeton. You should identify what you are allergic to and avoid coming into contact with those substances while trying to conceive.
- Anti-inflammatories – NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and COX-2 inhibitors can stop ovulation, reduce fertile mucus and predispose to LUFS – luteineising unruptured follicle syndrome. This is where the egg is not released from the follicle. The drugs which belong to this group of anti-inflammatories are; Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Vioxx and Celebrex. Omega 3’s – especially the EPA is anti-inflammatory as are turmeric, cat’s claw and ginger are effective natural painkillers.
- Clomiphene – lowers your estrogen levels and this decreases the amount of fertile cervical mucus you are producing. Optimize your natural fertility for at least four months first before trying to conceive and use natural options first before resorting to fertility drugs.
- Cough Medication – this medication is designed to dry up mucus wherever it is produced n the body. It is not selective and therefore will also dry up your cervical mucus. This especially applies to pseudo ephedrine and phenylephrine. There are some wonderful herbs for treating dry and productive cough. Eating horseradish can also break up thick mucus. Avoid dairy and soy products as they are mucus producing.
- High Blood Pressure Medication – Can lower sperm counts, cause erectile and ejaculatory disfunction, increase prolactin and suppress ovulation. This especially applies to calcium channel blockers whose generic name ends in “dipine” and ACE inhibitors. High blood pressure needs to also be managed holistically with diet, lifestyle and stress management.
- Migraine Medication – Can predispose to reduced blood flow to the uterus which can interfere with implantation or predispose to miscarriage. Ergots and triptans should be avoided. Migraines are complex and often have specific triggers. Try to avoid external triggers as much as possible when trying to get pregnant. You can also use natural alternatives to help manage migraines long term especially if they are caused by hormonal imbalances in the body.
- Ulcer Medication – Lowers sperm count in men, increases prolactin and can stop ovulation. Your naturopath can prescribe an effective natural treatment for healing the ulcer and preventing new ones from forming.
If you are already on a prescription medication don’t just stop taking it without speaking to your doctor who prescribed the medication. Some medications need to be gradually reduced over time before you can stop taking them altogether to prevent adverse reactions. Always use an integrative medical approach to get the best results and the best of both the natural medicine and conventional medical approach.
What are your thoughts on prescription medication and their affects on fertility? Would love to hear from you.