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Can taking prescription pain killers and opiates cause infertility?

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
Fertility Medicine 27 years experience
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.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
No: Both chronic pain and use of chronic pain medication can decrease testosterone levels. They do not cause infertility.

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