Infertility and depression have a symbiotic relationship. Although you may not be surprised by the fact that infertility might contribute to depression, you are probably aware of the fact that depression causes infertility.
A View of Depression and Infertility
According to a study by the National Studies of Health Department, among couples undergoing infertility treatment, depression in men has significantly been appended to rather lower pregnancy rates. On the other side, depression in females has no impact on high infertility rates.
A deeper look into the fertility and sterility study continues to indicate that a particular class of antidepressants have an impact on high rates of infertility. Moreover, these antidepressants can cause early pregnancy loss in women who are undergoing fertility treatment. In this study, the non-selective serotonin inhibitors majorly contributed to high rates of infertility. Surprisingly, depression in women had no impact on lower fertility rates.
The Use of Antidepressants in Women
For women, this study addressed the use of antidepressants. It concluded that people who were put on nonselective serotonin drugs were prone to pregnancy loss especially in their first trimester. On the other hand, women who were not on any antidepressants registered high fertility rates. The SSRIs were on the other side, not linked to antidepressants.
Highlights of the Study
Although the study indicated that there is a close connection between depression and infertility in men, it did not highlight the major impact of this depression in women’s fertility rate. Therefore, for most fertility doctors, SSRI medication is highly preferable and seems appropriate for depressed couples trying to get fertile.
Men on Antidepressants
In the study, among the women who were not on antidepressants, the availability of active MD was not linked to poor fertility outcomes, miscarriages or live birth but was often associated with increased rates of pregnancy. Of course, it was also noted that maternal antidepressants were associated with high risks of miscarriage. At the same time, male partners with active MD registered low conception rates in trying to conceive (TTC) couples.
Following these findings, fertility practitioners suggest that men who are seeking infertility treatments should go through screening for depression. Besides, clinicians should help them to connect with appropriate health practitioners because it is often difficult to determine if someone is infertile. Other than that, it is also more difficult to experience unsuccessful fertility treatments.