In our clinic at the Center for Women’s Mental Health, we see a significant number of women who come in for the treatment of depression and anxiety while undergoing infertility treatment. While for some women this is the first time they have experienced depression and/or anxiety, most of the women who we see in the […]
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A new study suggests that a soy-rich diet may improve fertility in women undergoing infertility treatment. How? Researchers hypothesize that soy products may help to offset the the harmful effects of bisphenol A or BPA. Just to review, bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical found in many types of food storage containers, including polycarbonate plastic […]
Back in 2009, we reported on a study which demonstrated that paroxetine (Paxil) may affect sperm quality in men treated with this antidepressant. A new study reports a similar finding in men treated with sertraline (Zoloft), another selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). In this randomized, single-blind study, men with premature ejaculation were treated with either […]
Multiple small studies have demonstrated a link between infertility and psychological distress, reporting high rates of anxiety and depressive symptoms among women with infertility. These studies have evaluated psychiatric symptoms or psychological distress; however, less is known about the prevalence of more significant psychiatric disorders in this population.
Within the field of psychiatry, there is a growing body of literature studying the use of antidepressants in women in the context of pregnancy and the postpartum period. However, much less attention has focused on the impact of these drugs on fertility, particularly in men. Because major depressive disorders affect about one in 10 American men over their lifetimes, it is essential to study the effects of antidepressants on male fertility.
Psychological symptoms play a significant role in infertility. Some studies have examined the impact of psychological symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depression) on fertility status. Most of this research has focused on women with unsuccessful IVF treatment. Some have investigated the extent to which a woman’s psychological state during assisted reproductive therapy (ART, which includes in vitro fertilization (IVF)) interferes with the success of the treatment. ART itself has been shown in other studies to negatively impact a patient’s psychological well-being, with prolonged treatment associated with increased depression and anxiety.
Infertility is a problem which has gained increased attention over the past several decades. While many factors may contribute to infertility, some medications may also affect reproductive functioning and thus may have an impact on fertility. This post will focus on the antipsychotic drugs, which are now used to treat many psychiatric disorders other than schizophrenia, including insomnia, anxiety disorders, major depression and bipolar disorder.