June 13, 2010
    Does Adderall affect fertility?
    June 13, 2010

    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 I 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? 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 that.




  • Cort
    Health Guide
    June 15, 2010
    Health Guide
    June 15, 2010

    I have been unable to find any information that indicates Adderall causes or affects one's chance of becoming pregnant, so in this case I would listen to your doctor. However, if you believe you can go without the medication for a few cycles it may help you determine if the Adderall is affecting you.


    You mention that you stop taking the medication when you're ovulating, but the drug can stay in your system for some time. If you'd like to go off of the medication for a while be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how to stop taking it so you can maximize your opportunity for conception.


  • ziggycrazy March 12, 2013
    March 12, 2013

    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 November 19, 2013
    November 19, 2013

    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. 


    Good luck!


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