Prescription Medications

Certain prescription medications can have a negative impact on your fertility. For example, steroids (such as cortisone or prednisone) taken in high doses can prevent your pituitary gland from producing proper amounts of hormones. The resulting hormonal imbalance may interfere with your ovulation. It may also interrupt your normal menstrual cycle.

Also, certain tranquilizers and several older types of blood pressure medications (such as Largactil) have been shown to raise a woman's level of prolactin hormone. Prolactin is the hormone that stimulates breast milk production and blocks ovulation. This shift in prolactin hormone can therefore interfere with your normal ovulation function.

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