Accutane And Infertility

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Sara Says:

I took accutane almost 14 years ago as a teenager. I am now a 32 year old woman who has just been diagnosed with infertility that they believe is linked to autoimmune issues. I truly believe that accutane is the cause of this; from the research that I have done it seems that accutane has been linked to other thyroid-related diseases, but that they have not yet been able to prove a link between accutane and infertility. There are, however, actually more people like me out there than I originally thought. Being diagnosed with ovarian dysfunction has been a horrific, horrific blow. And while there was plenty of information about accutane and birth defects, no one ever mentioned a possibility of future infertility. I was a teenager! This is a tragedy and I believe something should be done about it. If you too have been affected diagnosed with infertility and have taken accutane, please email me. There are plenty of suits against accutance. If there are enough of us, we can come together to do the medical research and get the help we now need.

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Chandra Says:

I too took accutane in my early 20's and am now 35, went through about 5 years of infertility treatments with no specific problem and have been unable to have children still. My diagnosis is unspecified infertility. I believe accutane may be the cause of this.

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T Says:

I too was on Accutane as a teenager and experienced infertility as an adult. I was fortunate enough that the drug Clomid worked for me and I was able to have two children. I believe without the infertility treatments it would not have been possible for me to conceive.

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Kristen Says:

I took accutane 10 years ago for 4 months in a row and I was just diagnosed with Diminished Ovarian Reserve at age 27! I've been told that the only option for me to have children is to adopt of IVF using donor eggs. I'm wondering if taking accutane is the culprit to why I've lost more eggs than women my age. The doctors don't know the exact reason, it could be hereditary, environmental or that I was just born with less eggs than the norm. I'm just devastated by this news.

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Aly Says:

I took accutane as a teenager (13). I have just been diagnosed with infertility due to 'borderline pcos' even though i dont have cysts. im 22 now, and im certain it was accutane.

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Kristin Says:

I was on accutane when I was 16 years old. I had blistered lips the whole time I was taking it. I was on it for 6 months. I have been trying to have a baby for 4 years now. I have been working with an obgyn for 9 months. I took serophene, metformin and provera. Nothing seems to help. My progesterone levels will not rise over 0.2. even with the meds listed up above which are designed to help boost my levels. The doctor says I am perfectly healthy and he says tests show no problems. He wants to send me to a special that I could never afford because he says invitro is the next step. I have a feeling it has to do with the accutane I took 6 years ago. My menstrual cycle has never been right since. i went 9 months without a period.

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Heather Says:

I was on accutane when I was a teenager, my husband and I have been trying and trying for over a year now to get pregnant (even with the help of my obgyn) to no avail.

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Emma Says:

I took accutane for 12 months straight when I was 12. Now at 35 I have unexplained infertility.

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Abby Says:

I too took Accutane as a teenager twice and am infertile.

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Kristin Says:

I took Accutane in my mid 20' worked OK, not completely, but my skin was better. However, now I am 42 and have been trying for years to get pregnant and cannot. I am heartbroken, as is my husband. It horrifies me to think that Accutane may have done this to us. At the time I was on it, the big warning was not to get pregnant while taking it, and that I had to have blood tests each month for liver and cholesterol changes, which they did know about. Nobody EVER said anything about possible infertility!

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shaz Says:

I took Accutane at the age of 22 for 6 months, i am now having so far unsucessful ivf. The diagnosis is PCOS. I firmly believe Accutane is the cause of this.

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Anne Says:

I took 4 rounds of Accutane beginning at age 26. I've been trying to conceive since I was 33 (I am now 44). I was diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve and poor egg quality since age 36. In the back of my mind I've always wondered whether the Accutane could have caused this. I am now pursuing egg donation to get pregnant.

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Emily Says:

Wow, reading all of this gives me chills...I have had a very similar experience. My husband I have been trying unsuccessfully to conceive for almost two years. I took accutane for 6 months in my early 20's. After countless tests, the doctors say I have 'borderline pcos' (raised AMH level) thyroid issues and uterine cervical stenosis. I shudder to think that this could be caused by taking Accutane and I could have prevented this heartbreak by not taking that drug.

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Bel Says:

I have always wondered about this - I am 48 and also took accutane in my 20's. I had two miscarriages and was never able to have children after taking the medication. I am the only woman in my family to suffer from infertility.

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Mike Says:

i was one of the first users of accutane in the early 80's for terrible cyctic acne and now I have a sperm count of zero. completely unexplained; no blockage...just zero.

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Jennifer Says:

I took accutane for about a year 12 years ago, and my husband and I have been TTC for 3 years. We've had two miscarriages (took us 10 mos to get pregnant the first time and 1 year the second time) and a failed IVF.

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Deb Says:

I took accutane for many months in my late teens for severe acne. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for over ten years with no success. I had one miscarriage, and we have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility. I'm convinced it's the result of taking accutane in my teens.

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something Says:

About egg quality: I think with all of these celebrities getting pregnant without telling about their donor eggs, we forget that women get diminished egg counts and quality starting in their 30s. 36 is considered Advanced maternal age and is considered high risk for a pregnancy. At 38, infertility is likely because of age. Once you hit 40, the chances of getting pregnant with your own eggs is less than 1%. Women today want to delay pregnancy because they have careers and delay marriage, but we have to remember that in terms of ease of getting pregnant and things like egg quality and counts, getting pregnant in your 20s is your best shot.

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Something Says:

To clarify, my comment is NOT to disregard the emotional trials of infertility and does not address anyone specific who commented here. It is just something I have noticed in general: women seem to have forgotten that in terms of biology, it is easier to get pregnant as a teenager than it is to get pregnant in your 30s. Of course women DO get pregnant in their 30s and 40s without help, but statistically speaking, once you hit 35, your chances of having a healthy baby though a pregnancy starts rapidly declining each month and year.

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Carla Harps Says:

I took accutane about 16 years age. I have had one still born birth of a little baby girl and two miscarriages after being off this medication for at least five years. My doctors don't understand why I am not able to carry to full term and I am only 29. I been to two different infertility doctors and went through many rounds of iui treatments with clomid with no sucess. I have dealt with cysts and abnormal periods. I also was diagnosed with axial spondylitis which is an autoimmune diseases. My mother called me one day and suggested I research accutane because of all the media report. So I did and found out that this drug does sometime caused spontaneous abortion. I am very upset that they never warned me about infertility being a possible side effect.

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Barbara Says:

To Mike - My two sons now ages 29 and 30 took accutane as teenagers and now also have zero sperm count and no explanation - they have had all the tests - no chromosomal abnormalities, no genetic problems. I think we should contact fertility clinics and ask them to ask their male patients with azoospermia if they ever took accutane. In the literature that came with the medication it said it causes decreased sperm count in dogs and I saw another article that says it causes infertility in male hampsters.

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