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Male depression reduces the chances of getting pregnant, finds new study

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A new study has shown that among couples being treated for infertility, male depression was associated with lower pregnancy rates.

Another class of antidepressants, SSRIs, was not associated with pregnancy loss.

Neither depression among women, nor the use of any other type of antidepressant was associated with early pregnancy loss.

Esther Eisenberg, Study Author Previous research has shown that among women seeking fertility treatments, about 40% display symptoms of depression.

One study also showed that among men seeking IVF treatments, almost half experienced depression.

The authors of the current study wanted to investigate the potential influence depression may have among couples seeking non-IVF treatments.

One study compared the efficacy of two ovulation-inducing drugs at achieving pregnancy and live birth among women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

In each study, participants responded to a questionnaire designed to screen for depression and only the females were asked about their antidepressant use.

The authors report that 5.96% of the women and 2.28% of the men were classed as having active major depression.

Among couples where the man had major depression, conception and live birth were 60% less likely to be achieved, compared with couples where the man did not have major depression.

Author: @DailyCupofYoga


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