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Paxil Linked to Damaged Sperm, Could Impair Male Fertility

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, June 13, 2009 | 0 comments

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Paxil Linked to Damaged Sperm, Could Impair Male FertilityIt is widely known that some anti-depressants can affect sexual functioning in men and women. A new study has found that men taking paroxetine—brand names Seroxat and Paxil — can experience impaired fertility and sperm damage, says the Chicago Tribune.

The New York research revealed that nearly half of the [men] taking Seroxat and Paxil tested with increased levels ofsperm fragmentation,” said the Chicago Tribune, which added that the study appears online today in the journal Fertility & Sterility.

“It’s fairly well known that SSRI anti-depressants negatively impact erectile function and ejaculation. This study goes one step further, demonstrating that they can cause a major increase in genetic damage to sperm,” said Dr. Peter Schlegel, the study’s senior author and professor of reproductive medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, quoted the Chicago Tribune.

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