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Cannabis use and male fertility

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Working in fertility means working with male and female partners to identify potential causes of infertility, and finding opportunities to optimize fertility in all partners. Cannabis use by male partners is something I have been asked a lot about since it was legalized in Canada last year, and it’s something that I discourage in my fertility patients if there is no medical reason to use cannabis – particularly in my male patients.

A recent systematic review from the United States has found strong evidence linking cannabis use to critical alterations in semen parameters, including reduced sperm count and concentration, abnormalities in sperm morphology, reduced sperm motility and viability, and inhibited capacitation and fertilizing capacity.

There are many potential interventions for improving sperm quality, including dietary changes, anti-oxidant support and hormonal supports when indicated, depending on the individual patient. But cannabis cessation when trying to conceive seems like an obvious place to begin!

I hope you have found this helpful, and do let me know if you have any questions!

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In health,

Dr Jocelyn Land-Murphy, ND

Terra Life

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References:

Payne, K. et al. (2019). Cannabis and Male Fertility: A Systematic Review. Journal of Urology.

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