(Closed) Concerned about TTC when husband is on an SSRI

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

SquidWeds:  No, but I would assume the problem is just if the SSRIs cause performance problems (which is a side effect). I don’t think there’s any other reason it would interfere.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

SquidWeds:  Huh, I did not know that (I am in the medical field). I would definitely have your hubby talk to his doctor about it, but plenty of men father children when on SSRIs. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My Darling Husband is on SSRI’s and we’ve been trying for 10 cycles now.  We knew the SSRI’s could have some negative effects on his sperm so we had him tested. Everything was normal. 

The other biggest issue was performance. When he was on paxil he had a hard time either getting or maintaining an erection or finishing successfully. He said that his penis was less sensitive. We had him switched to effexor (SNRI), and he’s doing much better in that department but sometimes there is still difficulty.

We saw a specialist recently, and he didn’t seem concerned about him being on the SSRI/SNRI since his tests came out normal. (He’s also not on very high doses).

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 1995

You are correct that SSRIs damage sperm. However a standard sperm analysis will not pick up the damage. You need to have a DNA fragmentation test performed which is generally not covered by insurance and can be quite costly. The problem is that the SSRIs slows down the time in which the sperm production occurs and allows the sperm to remain too long in the testes. This causes higher level of fragmentation and therefore it interferes not only with conception but pregnancy outcome. There is a high likelihood of blastocytic  arrest by the 6th week of pregnancy (resulting in miscarriage). Many doctors are unaware or unwilling to accept this but if you do the research there is plenty to read up on. And in fact the drug company is well aware of the danger but going out of his way to keep this information under wraps. There are even lawsuits underway concerning this exact scenario. Men should be given all the information especially young men who want to have families before beginning on these drugs. If a man gets off of the drugs within three months he could have an improvement in his fragmentation percentages and therefore a better chance of fathering a child. I wish you all the luck in the world! Please PM me if you would like more information.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 1995

vanike:  plz be aware if he ever wants to get off effexor it is the most difficult with regards to withdrawal symptoms -even on smaller doses -and should be done under medical supervision. Ialso has the highest number of complaints regarding male fertility issues. Just something to keep in mind.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 1995

Oh I should also mention the older the female partner the more dificulty conceiving while male partner  is on ssri meds. This is brcause a younger woman’s eggs have some ability to repair fragmented dna but as a woman ages her older eggs are less able to do this. 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We got pregnant the first time Darling Husband didn’t pull out and he was on an SSRI at the time. You may not have an issue. So many factors play into fertility.

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