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Can antibiotics cause infertility?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
No: Antibiotics should not have any bearing on fertility. However, if the antibiotics are used to treat an infection in the abdomen or pelvis, the underlying infection can lead to infertility.
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Most no: Most antibiotics used for common infections do not influence fertility. A few can influence fetal development, such as the tetracyclines. The quinolones, commonly used as anti-malarials, also raise concern. Best to take antibiotics only when necessary, and review concerns with pregnancy with the prescribing doctor.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
No: Antibiotics do not cause infertility

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Can antibiotic cause infertility?

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Dr. David Sneid
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No: Most commonly used antibiotics do not cause infertility. The infection they are treating can, in some circumstances.
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Can excess antibiotics cause infertility?

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No: Antibiotics do not cause infertility, though some may not be safe to take during pregnancy.

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