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Doctors' Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - Fertility/Infertility
These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as
recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is
always advised to consult their own physician.
"Temporary" Infertility [posted
Question: I took Ortho Novum 777 for about 8 years in the 80's and early 90's. I
went off the pill and have been unsuccessfully trying to pregnant for 6 years. The
specialists can find nothing wrong with me. I just read in a product information guide by
the manufacturer of Ortho Novum (which I found on the Web) that temporary infertility
after prolonged use of the drug can occur. My question is - How long is
"temporary"? And is this possibly the cause for many of the "unexplained
infertility" cases? Has any research been done in this area to determine if there is
Answer: While, this is described, it is not particularly common. There
has been lots of research and little documentation of any change in preexisting fertility
Concerns About the Effects of
Previous Drug Use on Fertility [posted 11/13/98]
Question: My husband and I have been undergoing fertility treatment and it just
occured to us that many years ago (8-10) we both used cocaine and are now concerned that
this may be causing us to be infertile and also that this may cause certain birth defects
if we do in fact become pregnant. Please comment on the risks we may be putting any child
we may conceive in and if there is a known link between cocaine use and infertility.
Neither of us has touched any drug or alcohol in years. Thank you
Fertility [posted 10/2/98]
Question: My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for over a year with no
luck. I was told about 4 years ago by my doctor to use the bathroom immediately after sex
to prevent yeast infections. I've still been urinating immediately following intercourse
and when I do, some of the semen comes out too. I was wondering if we might possibly be
preventing a pregnancy because of this.
Answer: You need to read some of the general information about improving
fertility rates. These are available in any book store. After intercourse you need to keep
your cervix above your uterus to let gravity help the semen on its way. You are doing the
exact oppositive, helps with urinary infections, but, not fertility.
Fertility Post-Pituitary Tumor [posted
Question: I recently had a client ask me for information about the probabilities of
getting pregnant after removal of a pituitary tumor. She is currently in her mid 20's,
never had children, and would like to have children. Due to the tumor her menstral cycle
has stopped. What are the chances and or treatments if any that can be done after surgery
to assist her to have a regular menstraul cycle. Is there any studies that show success
rates with getting pregnant after this type of surgery? Thanks for what info you can
Answer: This is trickey;but, can be done with an endocrine specialist or Ob who
has an endocrine sub-specialty.
Fertility & Allegra [posted
Question: I have been trying to get pregnant for quite sometime and I've suffered
through the past 2 allergy seasons with taking nothing but opticrom and flonase or
beconaise. This year has been awful and I've started taking Allegra pre-Ovulation, my
husband is also taking it. Can Allegra interfere with the production of cervical fluid or
sperm/egg quality? Also, what antihistamine (non-drowsy) would you suggest be used
Answer: I don't know anything specific about Allegra and fertility problems. You
might check with the company Hoechst-Marion_Roussel 800-552-3656. I think that most of the
newer antihistamines are pretty equivalent in terms of risk and effectiveness. Have you
tried adding nasalcrom to your nasal steroids? Often very effective. Also, allergy shots
work in this type of allergy. Probably the only area that they are extremely effective and
they would not be expected to affect your fertility.
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