Infertility is a disease in which the ability to get pregnant and give birth to a child is impaired or limited in some way. For heterosexual couples (man and woman), this is usually diagnosed after one year of trying to get pregnant (but maybe diagnosed sooner depending on other factors). For heterosexual couples, one-third of the causes of infertility are due to a male problem, one-third are due to female problems.
Using illicit (illegal) or recreational drugs, such as cannabis, synthetic cannabis (known as spice), cocaine and other drugs such as ecstasy, ketamine and amphetamines may contribute to fertility problems. This means that if you or your partner take drugs, you may find it more difficult to get pregnant. Illegal or recreational drugs can also cause serious problems in pregnancy. In this article base on facts and findings on Cleveland Clinic, we’ll be discussing drugs that can cause infertility in women when used inappropriately.
Cannabis: Cannabis is the most commonly used drug. In women, heavy cannabis use can cause hormone dysregulation (unbalanced hormones) so women who use it are likely to have problems getting pregnant, compared to those who don’t.
Breast enlargement Supplements or herbal remedies: Many herbal remedies including breast enlargement products used by women of reproductive age contain phytoestrogens which act like hormones the estrogens. According to Healthline, studies have shown that a decrease in fertility for women using such products is related to the local—direct effect of phytoestrogens on the reproductive tract. Phytoestrogens can inhibit endogenous estrogen production in the ovary leading to disturbances in immune system regulation as well as in follicle development and lack of estrogen.
Taking cough syrups that contain Dextromethorphan: Dextromethorphan is a suppressant found in some popular cold medications. This substance can reduce fertility when trying to conceive, and if you do conceive while taking this drug, it might harm the fetus. According to Mayoclinic, doctors usually advise to avoid it until after your 12th week of pregnancy when there is less risk.
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