therapist holding medication bottle while a depressed man holds his head

Antidepressants and Male Infertility

By: Mira Aubuchon, MD

Medications to treat depression and anxiety and have helped millions of people improve their mental health may have an impact on male fertility, as discussed in the September 2021 issue of Fertility and Sterility . Medications in the drug class called, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which include paroxetine, sertraline, fluoxetine, and fluvoxamine, can sometimes lead to male infertility in the form of impaired erections and ejaculations, low testosterone, low sperm concentration, and elevated sperm DNA fragmentation

If you are considering conceiving, talk to your doctor about whether a trial of behavioral health therapy could be tried before medication, or if already taking these medications, consider getting your sperm evaluated.  At MCRM Fertility, we can easily screen the semen analysis as well as sperm DNA fragmentation, all from a single semen collection, and then one of our doctors would be glad to discuss the results with you, so you have the information you need to be proactive about your fertility potential. 

If you would like to schedule a semen analysis or speak to one of our fertility care specialists, schedule an appointment, Today!