Antidepressants


In a study done at Cornell University, researchers have found that antidepressants may interfere with the DNA in sperm. These findings may provide the answers for men who are experiencing infertility.

35 healthy men were asked to take the antidepressant called Paroxetine. Consumers would recognize it as Glaxo’s Paxil or Seroxat. After a month, the men taking the antidepressants were evaluated for any sperm damage that may have occurred. What they found was significant. In fact, the levels of impairment rose from 13.8 percent to 30.3 percent.

Since these antidepressants are SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), researchers believe that other drugs that fall under the same category would have similar results.

So if your husband is taking an antidepressant and you are struggling to become pregnant, you may want to talk to your doctor about its possible impact on his fertility.

You can read more about these findings in the New Scientist American. In addition, the results will also be presented at the upcoming conference of American Society for Reproductive Medicine in San Francisco.

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