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Depression in male partner may lower pregnancy chances

IANS  |  New York 

Among couples being treated for infertility, in the male partner was linked to lower chances, according to a study.

The study showed that couples in which the male partner had major were 60 per cent less likely to conceive and give birth than those in which the male partner did not have major

On the other hand, depression in the female partner was not found to influence the rate of birth.

In addition, intake of a class of antidepressants known as non-selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (non-SSRIs) was also linked to a higher risk of early loss among females being treated for infertility, the study appearing in the journal and Sterility, noted.

However, SSRIs, another class of antidepressants, were not linked to loss. in the female partner nor the use of any other class of antidepressant were linked to lower pregnancy rates.

"Our study provides patients and their physicians with new information to consider when making treatment decisions," said Esther Eisenberg, at National Institutes of (NICHD) in Maryland, US.

Citing previous studies, the authors noted that 41 per cent of women seeking treatments have symptoms of depression.

Another study of men seeking (IVF) treatments reported that nearly 50 per cent experienced depression.

For the study, the team analysed data for 1,650 women and 1,608 men to evaluate the potential influence of depression in couples seeking non-IVF treatments.

Among the women, 5.96 per cent were rated as having active major depression, compared to 2.28 per cent of the men.

Women using non-SSRIs were roughly 3.5 times as likely to have a first-trimester pregnancy loss, compared to those not using antidepressants.



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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 14:14 IST