Antibiotics bad for conception?
March 20, 2009 1:38 PM   Subscribe

Wife and I are trying to conceive and I just began antibiotics. Any risk?

Its late Friday and our doc isn't picking up...I came down with a virus that I couldn't shake off and have begun taking Ambramicicna (antibiotic). Is this a good reason not to try to conceive until perhaps her next cycle?
posted by lapsang to Health & Fitness (17 answers total)
 
You're the guy and you're taking the antibios, right? You're fine. (IANAD)
posted by otherwordlyglow at 1:42 PM on March 20, 2009


Tetracycline has been associated with poor sperm counts. But more concerning:

I came down with a virus that I couldn't shake off and have begun taking Ambramicicna (antibiotic).

You shouldn't be on antibiotics for a viral infection.
posted by gramcracker at 1:43 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


(I am not your doctor, this is simply education, not medical advice.)
posted by gramcracker at 1:44 PM on March 20, 2009


Why would you be taking antibiotics for a virus? Also, can't you ask the prescribing doctor? Or is that the doctor you can't get in contact with?
posted by R343L at 1:45 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Questions of antibiotics, which are for bacterial infections, aside, you are fine. You can take antibiotics while TTC with your wife.
posted by DarlingBri at 1:50 PM on March 20, 2009


You should not take tetracycline for a virus.
posted by grouse at 1:52 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


good points, i should have mentioned that there is also a common cold and the vestiges of an asthma attack at play here.
posted by lapsang at 2:03 PM on March 20, 2009


(Aside from the nonsensical virus/antibiotic issue) You're trying to conceive, this is a big deal, right? So why wouldn't you have asked your doc when they were prescribed? Are you using up leftover antibiotics that were prescribed in the past?
posted by zerokey at 2:06 PM on March 20, 2009


IANAD -- the common cold is also caused by a virus ('acute viral rhinopharyngitis').
Asthma is more likely to be treated with steroids, not antibiotics -- do you know what condition you are receiving the antibiotic?
posted by pointless_incessant_barking at 2:07 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


The common cold is also a virus. Antibiotics will not help it. Antibiotics will not help your asthma either (in fact, there is some evidence that antibiotic exposure as an infant may be a risk factor for the development of asthma).
posted by grouse at 2:09 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


If you have health insurance, your insurance company might have a nurse advice line you could call. They might have knowledge about this kind of thing.

You're trying to conceive, this is a big deal, right? So why wouldn't you have asked your doc when they were prescribed?

I don't think it is unusual for patients to come up with questions after they have left the doctor's office.
posted by DrGirlfriend at 2:42 PM on March 20, 2009


Uh, you should find out why you are taking tetracycline. Tetracycline is susceptible to bacteria developing resistant to it and you should not be taking it to treat a cold, another virus, or asthma.

Do you know why you're taking this medicine?
posted by Justinian at 3:05 PM on March 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


You should opt out this month. Not because of any danger from the antibiotics (I don't know anything about that), but because you shouldn't be subjecting your wife to your bodily fluids if you're sick.
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:20 PM on March 20, 2009


Did a doctor prescribe the antibiotics for your current symptoms or are you self-medicating with leftovers/someone else's?

If you're worried, why not just take the weekend off and get a hold of your doctor on Monday? Alternatively, can your wife get in contact with her ob/gyn?
posted by curie at 4:09 PM on March 20, 2009


Call your pharmacist, and tell them what you told us. They should know. And they'll give you shit for taking antibiotics for a cold/asthma.
posted by Simon Barclay at 4:53 PM on March 20, 2009


I'm kinda thinking you weren't prescribed these meds for your condition...you just started taking them on your own when you thought you had a "virus". Otherwise, you would have asked your doc immediately after being prescribed.

This is ANOTHER reason why people should ALWAYS finish off all their antibiotics when prescribed...even when they think that they are cured.

If you're gonna self-medicate...you need to weigh the costs of what you want to do with what you are trying to do to figure out if its worth the risks.

Its hard right? Thats why you should get advice from a doctor.
posted by hal_c_on at 2:17 AM on March 21, 2009


This is ANOTHER reason why people should ALWAYS finish off all their antibiotics when prescribed...even when they think that they are cured.

Just in case it wasn't clear to the OP - that's so you don't breed yourself some antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
posted by you're a kitty! at 7:11 PM on March 21, 2009


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