Sexual health expert Dr. Laura Berman discusses shocking new findings regarding antihistamine tablets and a man’s fertility
Allergy season is almost upon us, which means that millions of us are going to be reaching for popular anti-histamine medication to help relieve our red, itchy eyes and stuffy noses. But, beware: A new study has found that men who take anti-histamine tablets could suffer from reduced fertility as a result.
Dr. Laura Berman, sex and relationship educator and therapist, New York Timesbest-selling author, and assistant clinical professor of ob-gyn and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, says:
“This new study from the Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine in Argentina found that the regular use of antihistamine drugs could affect male sexual hormones, and in turn negatively impact sperm production and sperm health.”
Dr. Berman says that men should keep this in mind if they regularly use anti-histamine medication and if they are at all worried about their fertility. She also points to other recent researchwhich found that men who take ibuprofen regularly are also more likely to have reduced fertility than men who do not.
“Research into male fertility is still relatively new, but as these studies show, even the most everyday decisions that men make can potentially impact their journey to fatherhood,” she explains. “It’s time we stop thinking about fertility as only a women’s issue, because a man’s lifestyle, diet and other personal choices can change his sperm count and quality in the future, and that is important for men to know.”
Dr. Berman says men should also consider the type of lubrication they are using.
“When it comes to making babies, not all lubricants are created equal,” explains Dr. Berman.
“There is only one lubricant on the market which has an FDA-cleared formula and is recommended for fertility enhancement, and that is ToConceive.”
“In many cases, it’s the man who buys the lubricant in the relationship,” says Dr. Berman. “So it’s important for men to become educated about the best type of lubricant when they want to have a baby, otherwise, they could be harming their chances of conception before they even begin.”