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Dr. Khurram Rehman
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
21 years in practice
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Can taking prescription pain killers and opiates cause infertility?

Dr. Khurram Rehman
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
21 years in practice
6M people helped
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. Aaron Milstone
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Infertility (Definition)

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Dr. Neil Ellis
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
8 years in practice
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Could reason for infertility be addiction to opiates?

Dr. Neil Ellis
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
8 years in practice
395K people helped
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. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Leila Wing
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
9 years in practice
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Is taking testosterone bad? Will in cause infertility?

Dr. Leila Wing
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
9 years in practice
351K people helped
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
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
17 years in practice
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What causes infertily?

Dr. Jeff Livingston
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
17 years in practice
19M people helped
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. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Michael Murray
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
23 years in practice
96K people helped
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What are the known environmental causes of infertility in both genders?

Dr. Michael Murray
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
23 years in practice
96K people helped
What are the known environmental causes of infertility in both genders?

Unhealthy chemicals: Smoking, drugs, excessive alcohol, other toxic chemicals, such as chemotherapy, radiation, obesity and sometime stress. ...Read more

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Dr. Samuel Pauli
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
12 years in practice
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What causes a woman to become infertile usually?

Dr. Samuel Pauli
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
12 years in practice
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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. Serena Chen
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
28 years in practice
860K people helped
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What can cause infertility?

Dr. Serena Chen
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
28 years in practice
860K people helped

Multiple: At age 44 many women are infertile due to having higher rates of chromosomal abnormalities in their eggs. This is a normal aging process in women. Males over 40 also have slightly higher rates of infertility due to age but age affects females much more. Other causes are blocked tubes, pcos, endometriosis and medical issues such as obesity and thyroid disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
24 years in practice
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What causes infertility in most women?

Dr. Gerard Honore
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
24 years in practice
55M people helped

Top diagnoses: Top reasons: 1) male infertility, tied with 2) female ovulatory dysfunction, followed by 3) tubal disease (female.) 'infertility' is defined by unprotected intercourse for one year. This is based on observing 85% of normal couples conceive in that time. ...Read more

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Dr. John Jarrett
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
39 years in practice
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How does advancing age cause infertility?

Dr. John Jarrett
Board Certified, Fertility Medicine
39 years in practice
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How does advancing age cause infertility?

Often egg related: A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have and as time goes by those eggs get used up and there is an ever-declining number of eggs available. Not only does the number decline, but also those eggs remaining as a woman gets older are often those of lesser quality. ...Read more

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Dr. David Sneid
Board Certified, Endocrinology
36 years in practice
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Is it normal for a young woman to be infertile? What causes this?

Dr. David Sneid
Board Certified, Endocrinology
36 years in practice
38M people helped

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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