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Title: The effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors on male and female fertility: a brief literature review
Authors: Milosavljević J.
Milosavljević, Miloš
Arsenijevic P.
Milentijević M.
Stefanovic, Srdjan
Journal: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2021
Abstract: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Objective: The aim of this review was to determine whether selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) affect the ability to conceive in men and women of reproductive age, as well as to find out whether there are certain differencies between them in terms of effects on fertility. Methods: Our review was based on systematic search of literature in four online databases: Medline (PubMed), Scopus, Web of Science and SCIndex (Serbian Citation Index). Results: Several clinical studies reported that SSRIs can decrease the number and viability of sperm, and cause a disruption of their morphological structure. Regarding the effect of these antidepressants on female fertility, some experimental findings suggest that paroxetine and escitalopram may have a negative effect on the ability to conceive due to their stimulatory effect on fallopian tube motility. However, several observational studies favor the use of SSRIs in women with depression/anxiety undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) given their efficiency in suppressing these unpleasant symptoms without a relevant negative impact on IVF outcomes. Conclusions: SSRIs should be avoided male patients of reproductive age who wish to conceive, while the use of these antidepressants seems to be justified in women with depression or anxiety who have undergone IVF.Key points SSRIs could cause dose and duration-dependent reversible adverse effects on male fertility parameters. In depressed or anxious male patients of reproductive age who wish to conceive mirtazapine or bupropion should be used because of their lower potential to cause sexual side effects. The results of certain experimental studies indicate that paroxetine and escitalopram may have a negative effect on the fertility of female patients. The use of SSRIs in women with depression or anxiety who have undergone IVF seems to be justified, because these psychiatric disorders reduce the likelihood of becoming pregnant.
Type: review
DOI: 10.1080/13651501.2021.1872647
ISSN: 13651501
SCOPUS: 85099915693
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kragujevac

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