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In fact, just three of the couples, which was less than 9 percent, had a live birth, compared to 25 percent of couples who had live births where the male did not have major depression. Depression in female partners did not influence the rate of live births.
The authors did not note why depression among men may lower infertility rates. However, they said, “our study provides infertility patients and their physicians with new information to consider when making treatment decisions.”
Other factors have been linked to infertility in previous studies. A 2018 one revealed a link between the use of antihistamines, such as allergy medication, and reduced production of male sexual hormones in the testicles, including inferior quality sperm and lower sperm count. And another trial published earlier this year discovered that ibuprofen could potentially result in male fertility.
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