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
  • CBD
  • 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