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Which Medications Can Affect My Fertility
Many types: Some medicines can make your menstrual periods irregular. Sometimes too much of a medicine (for instance too much thyroid medicine) can affect your cycles. Sometimes taking too much Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) around the time of ovulation can decrease fertility. But the vast majority of medicine do not affect fertility at all. ...Read more
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Blood pressure meds: One of the most common types of blood pressure medications in use today are calcium channel blockers - amlodipine, verapamil, Nifedipine are just some examples. Many doctors who prescribe this medication are not aware that they can cause a reversible male infertility. Sperm heads contain many calcium channels that help them to fertilize the egg. These drugs can block fertilization. ...Read more
Fullness: Symptoms vary when using fertility medications. Many women feel very little, others feel a sensation of fullness or pressure as the follicle grow. Clomiphene can cause irritability and headaches. Gonadotropins are often benign in their effects when mild stimulation is used. Ovulation symptoms are common.Any significant or unusual discomfort or problems should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more
No: Some medications do have an effect, typically those that act on the pituitary gland or the ovary. If the medication interferes with menstrual cycles or affects rapidly growing cells, fertility is affected. Examples are birth control pills, letrozole, and chemotherapeutic agents. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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