High BP and Fertility

#Question1: Can high blood pressure cause infertility?

#Question2. Is having high blood pressure likely to affect my chances becoming pregnant?


Directly, HBP does not cause infertility in both males and females. But it might have indirect effect in a man. HBP can affect blood supply to the penis in men, and this can affect sexual performance which will indirectly lead to infertility. Also, some of the medications used to treat HBP in men can cause impotence and sexual problems.

So, in summary, high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a chronic health condition that can lead to many medical complications, and can affect practically all organs and systems in the body, but does not directly make it more difficult to become pregnant.
Specifically in women, hypertension itself does not affect a woman’s supply of
· Eggs,
· Her ability to ovulate or the health of her eggs and embryos.
Although there is some suggestion in the scientific literature that high blood pressure might affect the lining of the uterus, which could interfere with an embryo’s healthy implantation, this issue is mostly theoretical.

Having said that, it is important to note that, HBP can lead to some complications during pregnancy such as;

· Miscarriage,

· Pre-eclampsia,

· Poor fetal growth

· Premature placental separation.

For all women, who are diagnosed with HBP before pregnancy, a pre-conception consultation with a high-risk obstetrician to discuss possible risks and optimize medications and management before becoming pregnant can help decrease the chance of potential complications.

Thank you.

Dr. Chudi

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About the Author:

Dr Chudi is a compassionate Medical Practitioner, Maternal and Child Health Specialist & Motivational Speaker.

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