Anti-depressants can damage men’s sperm

The study concentrates on Paxil, but it’s safe to assume men and any couple hoping to conceive have an addtional reason to be wary about any SSRI or SNRI as they all are very similar in many ways.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Add anti-depressants to the list of substances that can damage men’s sperm and potentially impair their fertility.

In a new study, New York researchers report that as many as half of men taking the anti-depressant paroxetine (brand names, Seroxat and Paxil) have higher levels of sperm fragmentation.

The study was published online today by the journal Fertility & Sterility.

“It’s fairly well known that SSRI anti-depressants negatively impact erectile function and ejaculation. This study goes on step further, demonstrating that they can cause a major increase in genetic damage to sperm,” said Dr. Peter Schlegel, the study’s senior author and professor of reproductive medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

“Although this study doesn’t look directly at fertility, we can infer that as many as half of men taking SSRIs have a reduced ability to conceive. These men should talk with their physicians about their treatment options,” he added. (continue here)

Hat tip to Furious Seasons where you can also read a more in depth commentary.

One thought on “Anti-depressants can damage men’s sperm

  1. Thank you, Gianna, for posting this. I believe it is EXTREMELY important for the public to know, especially young people with dreams of having children.


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