Investigate Your Medicine Cabinet
Some of your everyday medications may be lessening your chances of getting pregnant. If you're trying to get pregnant, pinpoint your most fertile days with our Fertility Calculator.
Most women know they have to worry about what medicines are safe when they’re pregnant, but few mommies-in-the-making realize that drugs taken while trying to conceive can affect fertility. A few examples of common pills that can subtly sabotage reproduction include antidepressants (which can increase levels of the hormone prolactin, possibly blocking ovulation); antihistamines (some of which may inhibit implantation of an egg into the womb); and decongestants (which can not only dry up a runny nose, but potentially dry out the mucous membranes responsible for creating a friendly environment for sperm to travel into the uterus and fallopian tubes to fertilize an egg). Long-term use of corticosteroids and some pain relievers can also have an impact. It’s best to talk to your doctor about any medications you take, including over-the-counter and herbal formulas, before trying to conceive.