05 Apr 2019

MALE DEPRESSION MAY LOWER PREGNANCY CHANCES AMONG INFERTILE COUPLES

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MALE DEPRESSION MAY LOWER PREGNANCY CHANCES AMONG INFERTILE COUPLES

The study also links women’s use of non-SSRI antidepressants to early pregnancy loss

Among couples being treated for infertility, depression in the male partner was linked to lower pregnancy chances, while depression in the female partner was not found to influence the rate of live birth, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Among couples being treated for infertility, depression in the male partner was linked to lower pregnancy chances, while depression in the female partner was not found to influence the rate of live birth, according to a new study.

The study, which appears in Fertility and Sterility, also linked a class of antidepressants known as non-selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (non-SSRIs) to a higher risk of early pregnancy loss among females being treated for infertility.  Neither depression in the female partner nor use of any other class of antidepressant were linked to lower pregnancy rates.

The researchers combined data from two previous studies funded by NICHD’s Reproductive Medicine Network.

Women using non-SSRIs were roughly 3.5 times as likely to have a first trimester pregnancy loss, compared to those not using antidepressants.

Couples in which the male partner had major depression were 60 percent less likely to conceive and have a live birth than those in which the male partner did not have major depression.

The study did not include couples who underwent in vitro fertilization.

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