As far as I know, pred does not cause any harm to the sperm nor cause birth defects. Pregnant women even take pred during flares with no harm to the baby. But if it concerns you, try contacting one of your doctors - either the GI or an OB/GYN.
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Posted 4/13/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -6)
My daughter was concieved when I had just started prednisone for a couple of days. My GI freaked out when I told him but he thought that I had started my imuran but I hadn't yet. My daughter is normal size and weight and intelligence now at 4. But she was born with umbelical hernia and a 2 tiny holes in her heart. Doctors said they were both normal in a certain number of births, i forget the percentages. Both self-healed and went away by themselves. I don' t know if prednisone had to do with these things or not. I don't no of any other baby in my family or cousins that had these.
Posted 4/13/2010 2:27 PM (GMT -6)
I think some natural supplements and herbs are not to be consumed by expecting mothers so one can only imagine about something as powerful as prednisone. Just be careful and research as much as possible.
Posted 4/13/2010 2:38 PM (GMT -6)
I was on prednisone during the last trimester while carrying my twins & had to continue taking it for approx 8 weeks after their birth...
I was breastfeeding while on the pred & neither of the twins experienced any problems, no complications. There is a grading system for
prescription meds during pregnancy, pre conception...try looking up that scale or even talking to your pharmacist. If there are no problems
prior to the pred for your swimmers...I can't imagine it would effect you, but I am no physician. Best of luck to you guys :)
35 yr old mom to 4 yr old daughter & 21 month old twin boys :)
-Diagnosed w/proctitis 2003 & minimal left sided u/c in 2007. Last remission lasted 1yr/3months
-Last flare Dec 09'- Feb 10'
-Current med is colazal 750mgs 3x daily, Librax 2x daily, canasa suppository every other night.
-Take daily, Rainbow light Multi-vitamin, Ultraflora Plus DF 15billion x3 daily, ginger with meals, turmeric x2, calcium mag, Nordic Nat. Omega 3 x2, vit D 2500iu x1
-Altered diet to exclude- artificial sweetener, gluten. Carbs & casein in moderation. No carrageegnan & never anything "mono or dygliceride" ALWAYS READ THE LABEL!!
Posted 4/13/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -6)
I saw this post and had to call my good friend who is a fertility doctor. I would still call your dr., but he said that there are no genetic/defects concerns having to do with pred. He did say it affects either the number or mobility (I forget which one he said), so it might be harder to get pregnant.
Happy baby making!!!
Diagnosed 2006. Apriso, cort enemas, prednisone, Imuran
Posted 4/14/2010 3:27 AM (GMT -6)
I was on pred (10mg) and Imuran (125mg), My doctor told me that we would have a very very low chance of conceiving and that it would more than likely NOT happen. I decided to forget about having a child until after I had finished or possibly got off ALL drugs. BUT we found out my partner was pregnant in December, we have been to a scan in March and all looked good, we go TODAY for another sound test to hear the heartbeat! - Im sooooooo excited!!..
Hope this helps
Male, 29yrs old -
Diagnosed with UC 2004, untreated for 5 years before diagnosed/treatment started.
Meds.. Azithiropine (Enuram) 125mg per day, Asacol 400mg x2/3 times a day..VSL#3 (09/02/10)
Hospitalised in 2007 for one week & Hopefully the last!! - IV Therapy
Posted 4/14/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -6)
I appreciate all the responses so far, every little bit helps. I'm surprised with all the studies being done today that I'm having such a hard time locating any documentation on this particular scenario? I assume it's been tested to death like everything else. I just don't want to make any haphazard decisions without knowing all the angles. It's a little bit scary.
Age 33. Dx Ulcerative Pancolitis March of 2009.
Hospital stay with Prednisone injections and Asacol.
Tapered Pred. for 2.5 months while maintaining 4800mg of Asacol daily.
Currently (as of April/2010) - Flare
Started Prednisone 40mg mid April. Taper by 5mg after first 3 weeks, then 5mg every week until complete (hopefully).
Asacol - 6 x 800mg HD pills/day, Pentasa and pain meds as required.
Multivitamin, Probiotics, herbal tea daily.
Posted 8/8/2012 8:03 AM (GMT -6)
Hi all, I understand this post is a couple of years old now but thought I may see if there have been any updates with the men here on meds and planning on conceiving a child. My husband and I would like to try for a baby in the near future also and he is on prednisolone. We are trying to find out people's experiences and if we should expect any fertility issues. We plan to ask our doctors as well but find that real experiences out there very helpful. Thank you!
Posted 8/9/2013 6:09 PM (GMT -6)
Hi everyone and Aromes specifically. I am in the same situation as Aromes in terms of my husband having to take prednisone (bad case of poison ivy in his case) and us planning to conceive. On top of that we're in the process of switching insurance because i am in between jobs, and we anticipate it may take us a couple of months at least to get to a specialist. So if you find out anything more specific about effects of prednisone on fertility or especially on the fetus please post it here! I'd really appreciate more information. Thank you everyone!
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