Impact of OTC Drugs on Fertility
Do you worry that the over the counter medications you take for a headache or allergies could impact your fertility? What about CBD or melatonin? We talk with Dr. Kathleen Tucker, a scientific director for various IVF labs; and with K.E. Tucker Consulting, and Dr. Angie Beltos, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Vios Fertility Institute.
In this episode, we cover:
- Research has found three reasons why the impact of OTC medication on fertility has become an increasing issue.
- We are taking more medications now that people in the past.
- People are waiting longer to start a family and age is associated with greater medication use.
- People are experiencing more chronic disease at earlier ages.
- Taken together, these factors have increased the number of prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs being taken by women and men attempting to get pregnant with or without fertility treatment.
- As always, talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding both prescription and non-prescription medications.
- Impact of OTC drugs on fertility – female and male fertility.
- Impact on natural conception.
- Impact when taken during fertility treatment.
- Impact on pregnancy.
- Impact of NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) on fertility.
- Aspirin (brand names include Bayer, Bufferin, Ecotrin, St. Joseph)
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
- Excedrin (acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox DS, Naprosyn)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)-prescription only
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Antacids-histamine blockers and proton pump inhibitors
- Antihistamines B-both types? 1st generation, 2nd generation
- Sleep aids
- Other common over-the-counter (OTC) medications
- Skin and hair care products
- Herbal supplements?
- As always, talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding both prescription and non-prescription.
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Music Credit: Michael Ashworth
Image Credit: Mari Monpari