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Sunday, June 13, 2010 PREG, Community Member, asks

Q: Does Adderall Affect Opportunities Of Getting Pregnant

My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for about 2 years now.  I do have PCOS but I am ovulating and tests (ultrasounds, etc...) indicate that should be able to get pregnant??? I have been taking adderral for about three years and it helps me out tremendously with my everyday functions. However, I was wondering if anyone has found that they were able to conceive once they stopped taking adderral?? In the past few months I have stopped taking it during my ovulation times and/or for 2 weeks here and there... but still no babies. I know I must stop once I get pregnant but I can't find anything that says it would prevent me from getting pregnant and my Doc says it shouldn't have any effect on my abilities in getting pregnant. Therefore, I don't want to stop taking something that helps me with relationships, productivity, and paying attention to what people say to me versus drifting off after 30 seconds and then realizing that I appear to be listening but have NO IDEA what that person has just said to me, excluding their first and MAYBE last sentence, when it has no affect on becomong pregnant. Thus, I am wondering if anyone has encountered this situation and found that they were able to conceive once they stopped taking adderral???? Thank You!!!


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Cort, Health Guide
6/15/10 11:15am

I have been unable to find any information that indicates Adderall causes infertility. Fertility can be tricky; it took my aunt several years to conceive but she eventually did have two healthy children.  Has your husband's ability to conceive been checked out?

ziggycrazy, Community Member
3/12/13 7:13pm

We tried to conceive for more than a year. I would get positives on my ovulation test sticks when I'd ovulate. My basal body temp charts clearly showed ovulation and we had sex at all the right times. Yet for an entire year I never was pregnant. As soon as I got off Adderall, boom I was pregnant that next cycle. Miscarried, but got pregnant again the 1st cycle we tried after that. Conceived my 2nd child in a snap (not taking adderall). Now pg w/ my 3rd. I could never conceive while taking Adderall and I'm as fertile as can be without it. Just my input, take it or leave it. Laughing

Wholewellness, Community Member
11/19/13 4:30pm

Adderall won't be named as a direct affect for pregnancy opportunity to be narrowed, but let's take a moment to break it down... Adderall or any strong stimulant of the anphedamine family can and does affect our thyroid and our stress hormones. It can cause our thyroids to go into overdrive, and when our stress hormones are high, it is less likely to get prego. If one is trying to conceive, I would promise better results being off of the adderall for a cycle, but 3 cycles is better, mainly because it also messes with our body's ability to absorb and utilize minerals properly, and can also disrupt our body's natural flora, so adding ionic trace mineral drops to your water and taking pro-biotics is a good idea no matter what (pregnancy/trying/or not). Also being sure to eat regularly 3-6 times a day (6 smaller meals is better). My clients have also found it helpful, for joint issue, disc inflamation in the neck and back, and trying to conceive, to stop eating breads and gluten. Brown rice and quinoa are easier for the body to process and utilize so they usually swich to that. Eating right for your blood type is a tremendous help, but in doing so you would need to read about and understand why before looking at the food charts, and know that some things that are neutral for your blood type may not be okay for you (lentils are neutral for an A, but I CANNOT eat them lol). Pregnancy starts with you, the better you treat your body, the happier (less worried) your mood, the easier it is for pregnancy. 


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