A 44-year-old member asked:
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can taking prescription pain killers and opiates cause infertility?

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
25 years experience Fertility Medicine
Men yes, women maybe: Men on short-term or long-term prescription or illegal opiates can have decreases in luteinizing hormone (lh) levels, lower testosterone levels, and lower sperm counts and/or reduced sperm quality (motility or morphology). We know less about effects on women. Long-acting opiates (pills or patches) can cause low hormones, absent periods (amenorrhea) or irregular cycles. See http://1.Usa.Gov/gznxys.
Answered on Feb 22, 2017
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
No: Both chronic pain and use of chronic pain medication can decrease testosterone levels. They do not cause infertility.
Answered on Feb 11, 2016

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