Sperm quality with UC

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Hello Everyone,

I'm a male aged 36 years old and was wondering whether the sperm quality is effected by taking the ASACOL medication.

Someone told me that it is effected when you have a flare but what about in remission state and having a normal life.

My wife is too much worried about this and wanted some of the inputs from personal experience.



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    Hi, my husband takes asacol and azathioprine and like your wife I was also worried about the effect it would have on his sperm. However when we did try for a baby I got pregnant straight away so the medication he is on doesn't seem to be having much effect on his sperm. His IBD nurse did say if we had problems conceiving she would look to put him on something else for a period of time.
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    Medicine seems to always effect people differently, but my guess it is not much of a concern for most.
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    Hi I16290

    My apologies, but I can be of no practical help on this subject, never having been in a relationship where my fertility was an issue.

    I would have thought that if this was a known potential side effect, it would be listed on the patient information leaflet supplied with the drug.  You could, of course, also ask either your pharmacist and/or GP for their opinion.

    What I would say to you and other UC sufferers who may be ignorant of the following potential health issue, is that UC sufferers are about 3 times more likely to develop blood clots (dvts) than non-sufferers. Whether that increased risk is significant only during a flare-up, I do not know. 

    I wish you the very best of good health. 


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    Thanks everyone for the inputs..


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