What pharmacological treatments can affect my fertility?

There are several pharmacological treatments that can affect fertility in both men and women. Some of them are:

  • In women, hormonal contraceptives can delay ovulation time and delay returning to normal fertility after stopping taking them.
  • In men, anabolic steroids can decrease sperm production and cause impotence.
  • Medications to treat autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis can affect ovulation and sperm.
  • Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can cause damage to reproductive cells and affect long-term fertility.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can have a negative effect on ovulation and fertility, especially in older women.

It is important to talk to a specialist before starting any pharmacological treatment and consider any potential impact on fertility.

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