Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Good News RE: MFI

If you have been following my journey you will know that Aaron has severe male factor infertility (MFI). He was on clomid for a year and his numbers only got WORSE. After the last semen analysis in September, Aaron randomly searched "Prozac and low sperm count" and found a couple studies that showed a marked decrease in male fertility with the use of pretty much any SSRI (anti-depressant). This made the decrease in his fertility make PERFECT sense. The first year of our marriage he was not on any SSRI and we got pregnant 4 times (I miscarried them all, but that is a separate issue). Then after a year on SSRIs his sperm was tested and we found it was REALLY low.... only 1 million/ml (5 million total). In the last year he was on clomid to try to help his counts, but at the same time his psychiatrist was upping his dose of SSRIs. In this time his count went down to 200,000/ml (800,000 total). So, when he found these studies he immediately took them to his psychiatrist and urologist (both had NEVER heard of SSRIs causing MFI) and they weaned Aaron off his SSRIs completely. It has been a little over 3 months now since being weaned off the SSRIs and he just got rechecked... his count was 3.7 million/ml (13.5 million total)!!! That is a HUGE increase!!!

So, PLEASE if your husband/significant other (or, for that matter anyone you know that might be having fertility issues) is on any form of anti-depressant and has MFI (or you are having problems getting pregnant and not sure why) look into this connection further!! I will have Aaron get me the links to the studies for you, but these are not from small universities. They were from Cornell and Harvard.

We think his counts will only get better from here, but as the NP said at my last appointment "the proof is in the pregnancy!" Even though his count is still much lower than normal (over 40 million is "normal"), it was enough to knock me up.... now we just gotta figure out how to keep my eggo preggo!


  1. Good news amongst the sad events. But one step at a time to climb a hill and that one step is a biggie.

    Awaiting your other results anxiously.

    Love to you and Aaron!

  2. We have been trying 2 years, I am in the middle of getting my tests back (all perfect) and my Husbands semen analysis came back, LOW & BAD. He has been on Lexapro (SSRI) for 6 mos... We just started doing some research. We are going to talk about going off (he has NOT done well in the past off the medications). I look forward to hearing your story!

  3. Great Post KEEP IT UP
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