Infertility is commonly caused by problems with ovulation (the monthly release of an egg from the ovaries). Some of those problems are the medications one take.
Some problems, like medications cause infertility by stopping an egg being released at all, while others prevent an egg being released during some cycles but not others.
The side effects of some types of medicines and drugs can affect your fertility. These include:
1. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) – the long-term use or a high dosage of NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, can make it more difficult to conceive
2. Chemotherapy – medicines used for chemotherapy can sometimes cause ovarian failure, which means your ovaries will no longer be able to function properly.
3. Neuroleptic medicines – antipsychotic medicines, often used to treat psychosis, can sometimes cause missed periods.
4. Spironolactone – a type of medicine used to treat fluid retention (oedema); fertility should recover around 2 months after you stop taking spironolactone
5. Illegal drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine, can affect fertility and make ovulation more difficult.
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