Your Fertility and Anti-inflammatories

Many women around the world are daily thankful for pain relievers like Aleve, Motrin and Advil to live a less painful life. But many of these same women might not be so thankful if they knew that consuming these drugs can lead to a negative impact on their fertility.


Dr. Shahryar Kavoussi, a reproductive endocrinologist at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, says the issue with these pain relievers and others is the use of the chemicals Ibuprofen and Naproxen, which a recent study showed can adversely affect a woman’s fertility as soon as 10 days after consuming the medication.


The study examined two groups of women: those who had taken pain relievers and those who had not. The group who had not taken any pain relievers had normal ovulation. Those who had taken pain relievers saw a decrease in their ovulation rates of anywhere from 25 to 75 percent, depending on which drug they took. Kavoussi says the “anti-inflammatory medications delay or rupture a key ingredient in the follicle – the fluid collection that contains a woman’s eggs.” An alternative Kavoussi suggests is Tylenol. No, its ability to relieve pain may not be as strong as some of the other medications, but at least there is the reassurance of it not causing any decrease in fertility.


Consult with your doctor about the medication you are taking or any other habits you think may be preventing you from getting pregnant.


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