This blog is intended for information on Medication and Male Fertility purposes only and on no account should you stop any medication without discussing it with your doctor or specialist first. If you suffer from a chronic illness it is so important that you take the medication you need to treat your condition, however it is equally important that you have an understanding of the side effects. This information will then help you to have an informed discussion with your doctor on the side effects of your medication and how they impact on your fertility.
Sulfaslazine is an anti-inflammatory medicine used to treat conditions such as Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Sulfasalazine decreases sperm count, but its effects are temporary and a man’s sperm count should return to normal when the medication is stopped.
Anabolic steroids are often used illegally to build muscle and improve athletic performance. Long-term use can reduce sperm count and sperm mobility.
Medicines used in chemotherapy can sometimes severely reduce sperm production. Many men in this situation choose to freeze sperm prior to treatment so it can be used to conceive a baby later on. Speak to your doctor with regards to options in this situation.
Particular herbal remedies, such as root extracts of Tripterygium wilfordii (a Chinese herb), can affect the production of sperm or reduce the size of your partners testicles. Never take herbal medicines without obtaining advice from a qualified herbalist and your doctor.
AS A REMINDER – THIS BLOG IS FOR INFORMATION ON MEDICATION AND MALE FERTILITY ONLY AND IT IS VITAL THAT YOU DO NOT STOP TAKING ANY MEDICATION UNTIL YOU HAVE TAKEN ADVICE FROM YOUR DOCTOR.