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#1 gibasgirl

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 04:05 PM

Hello Peter,

I'm at home nursing a cold (bronchitis, actually) and I started wondering whether a bad cold or flu could have a negative impact on one's eggs.

Last year my husband had a SA performed while he was fighting the flu and ended up with a zero count. We were told the flu can affect a man's sperm. So this got me wondering whether a woman's eggs can be affected in a similar fashion when fighting an illness such as a bad cold or flu or the like.

Tangentially, can antibiotics affect a woman's eggs?

Thank you!

Zan

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 03:29 PM

Hello Peter,

I'm at home nursing a cold (bronchitis, actually) and I started wondering whether a bad cold or flu could have a negative impact on one's eggs.

First of all get well soon! As far as eggs are concerned unless you had a very high fever (>39 degrees C) it has no impact on egg quality

Last year my husband had a SA performed while he was fighting the flu and ended up with a zero count.

Sperm are a bit more heat sensitive but even a high fever should not result in a zero count. Fever more often results in poor motility.

We were told the flu can affect a man's sperm. So this got me wondering whether a woman's eggs can be affected in a similar fashion when fighting an illness such as a bad cold or flu or the like.

Tangentially, can antibiotics affect a woman's eggs?

There is no evidence for any adverse effects of antiobiotics on eggs

Good luck!

Peter

Thank you!

Zan


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