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Friday, March 7, 2014
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Occasional ecstasy lower sperm motility
My husband occasionally uses ecstasy (once every 2-3 months). My question is what effect will this amount have on his sperm count and sperm motility?
Thank you for your question. I am not aware of any reports about an effect of ecstasy on either sperm count or sperm motility. Ecstasy is a stimulant in the same broad class of drugs as amphetamine, meth-amphetamine, and cocaine.
Some data indicate that when these other substances are used in an abuse- or addiction-type pattern, fertility can be impaired. Also, they can be associated with possible increased risk of birth defects.
A good place to look for further information is on the NIDA patient education website. I hope this information is helpful.
Ted Parran, MD
Associate Professor of General Medical Sciences
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University