Could your depression medication make it more difficult to have a child?
The answer, for some men, is yes.
Cornell University scientists recently reported a study of men who took antidepressants suffered damage to the DNA in their sperm cells, making it more difficult to fertilize a partner’s egg.
The DNA changes can cause the sperm to be abnormally shaped and unable to swim properly.
The published in the online edition of the journal Fertility and Sterility, said as many as fifty percent of all men taking antidepressants could have damaged sperm.
Researchers also concluded sperm cell DNA returned to normal one month after discontinuation of the drugs. Experts say men who are trying to conceive might consider the side effects of the drugs and possibly stop using them temporarily.