How Addiction Can Lead to Infertility Issues

How Addiction Can Lead to Infertility IssuesMany addictive drugs can cause problems in the reproductive processes of both males and females. The harm drugs can cause is not limited to street drugs. Prescription drugs like opioids, sedatives and antidepressants can impair reproduction even when taken as directed, and the risks increase when the drugs are misused.

Addiction and Female Infertility

Drug abuse can cause many problems in the female reproductive system. Women who regularly use street drugs such as cocaine, heroin and ecstasy or abuse prescription drugs like Lortab, OxyContin or Percocet may experience the following:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Interruption of the menstrual cycle
  • Decreased egg count
  • Dysfunctional ovulation

Alcohol can also negatively affect reproduction. Women who regularly drink more than six alcoholic beverages a day can experience interruption of ovulation and the menstrual cycle. The so-called “soft” drug marijuana can have an impact on female fertility. Regular marijuana use in women will leave trace amounts of THC in the hormones and vaginal fluid which affects the ability of sperm to penetrate the egg. Even tobacco addiction can reduce fertility. Regular use of tobacco by women can result in lowered egg count and abnormalities in the chromosomes. Use of anabolic steroids by women can cause masculine traits and interrupt ovulation and menstruation.

Addiction and Male Infertility

Men who use street drugs like cocaine, ecstasy and heroin or abuse prescription opiates can experience the following:

  • Loss of sex drive
  • Misshaped sperm
  • Lowered sperm count
  • Reduced volume of seminal fluid

These problems also occur in men who are heavy drinkers or use marijuana. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, impairs the ability of spermatozoa to break through the egg wall, reducing the chances of conception. Smoking or chewing tobacco can result in lowered sperm count and reduced sperm motility, thereby reducing the chances of conceiving. Use of anabolic steroids by men can result in erectile dysfunction, atrophy of the testicles, decreased sperm production and abnormal sperm.

Trying to Conceive?

If you are having difficulty conceiving, it may be due to your drug intake. If you are addicted to illicit or prescription drugs, seek treatment before you start or expand your family. Drug addiction impacts fertility and can lead to a host of problems for unborn babies and small children. Give your present and future children the chance they deserve by exploring your addiction treatment options.

Questions about Addiction and Fertility?

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