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Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Can taking prescription pain killers and opiates cause infertility?

Can taking prescription pain killers and opiates cause infertility?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Neil Ellis
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Could reason for infertility be addiction to opiates?

Could reason for infertility be addiction to opiates?

Maybe: Heavy opiate use could contribute to infertility. See OB and they can help get to the bottom of your problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Leila Wing
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Is taking testosterone bad? Will in cause infertility?

Is taking testosterone bad? Will in cause infertility?

Decreases fertility: Testosterone can decrease fertility by telling the brain to no longer produce testosterone. The testicles will shrink (atrophy) when replacement testosterone. There are only a few number of conditions which require treatment for low testosterone. Your doctor will ask you specific questions like medications (especially opiates), history of brain tumors, history of testicular disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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What causes infertily?

What causes infertily?

3 main causes : Infertility is complicated but there are three main causes. 1. Ovulation problems. You have to release an egg to be able to get pregnant 2. Sperm problems - you have to have available sperm to fertilize the egg. 3. Anatomy problems - there has to be a clear path for the sperm to be able to fertilize the egg. ...Read more

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Dr. Samuel Pauli
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What causes a woman to become infertile usually?

What causes a woman to become infertile usually?

Many Causes: Infertility can be caused by numerous factor. Problems with too few (diminished ovarian reserve) or disordered release of eggs (pcos, hypothalamic problems), endocrine causes (thyroid or prolactin problems), low sperm counts, or problems with the fallopian tubes. Finding out the cause is important in directing which treatment is most appropriate. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. David Sneid
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Is it normal for a young woman to be infertile? What causes this?

Not normal: It is not normal for a young woman to be infertile, but some are -- particulary those who are overweight with pcos. Check with your gyn. Ps: you partner may be the infertile one 50% of the time. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Roseff
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What causes men to be infertile?

What causes men to be infertile?

Many things can.: Things that can cause infertility in men include overall health, sexually transmitted infections, lifestyle choices such as smoking and alcohol and drug use, obesity, testicular injury, exposure to chronic high heat, and reproductive toxins in the workplace such as heavy metal exposure, radiation, and pesticides. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fox
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What causes a man to have infertile problem?

What causes a man to have infertile problem?

Multiple: Many are born with abnormalities in sperm production. Some lose production ability with time. Infections can block tubes, vas deferens, that take sperm to the outside. Trauma or surgery can cause problems. Some have hormone problems that affect the sperm production. Drugs such as BP meds or steroids for weight lifting or sports can do it. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Traub
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What are the causes of a man to be infertile?

Many Things: Sometimes sperm production is decreased. Blockages can occur in the testicle preventing sperm from being released. Sometimes there can be genetic reasons. Smoking can damage sperm which can cause them to be genetically abnormal or to cause physical defects in the sperm. There are a number of problems that can occur and most can be fixed. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
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What happens if you overdose on ecstacy too much as a teen, does that cause you to be infertile as a adult?

What happens if you overdose on ecstacy too much as a teen, does that cause you to be infertile as a adult?

No: I am not aware of ecstasy overuse causing infertility, however what you really need to worry about is the long term effects on your brain cells. That is what you should really be worried about so please consider that before using. ...Read more

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