A depressed male partner can reduce chances of pregnancy

Depression in the male partner is linked to lower chances of pregnancy, says new study.

The study says that couples in which the male partner suffered from major depression were 60% less likely to conceive and give birth when compared to those couples where the male partner did not have major depression.

Depression in the female partner was not found to influence the rate of birth.

Apart from this, taking antidepressants called non-selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (non-SSRIs) was also linked to a higher risk of early pregnancy loss among females being treated for infertility.

The study also says that 41% of women seeking fertility treatments have symptoms of depression. Nearly 50% of men seeking in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatments reported high rates of depression.

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