Sumary of Does Taking Ivermectin Cause Male Infertility And Sterilization?:
- Some news articles have claimed that ivermectin causes infertility in men, but is this really true?
- getty A flurry of recent viral news articles have claimed that ivermectin, the anti-parasitic drug that some people are taking for Covid-19 prevention or treatment, despite no evidence of efficacy, causes infertility in men.
- Much of the articles seem to link back to a Nigerian study from 2011 in which men with a disease called onchocerciasis, a parasitic worm infection which can cause blindness and skin disease, were treated with ivermectin, a recognized and approved treatment for this illness.
- Firstly, the research looked at 385 patients with onchocerciasis, but ultimately decided to only enroll 37 of them in the study, excluding a whopping 90% of potential participants due to initial low sperm counts.
- Why was there such a high number of men with already low sperm counts in their study population?
- The 37 men were treated with ivermectin for 11 months and at the end of this period, the researchers state that 85% of participants had “significant reduction in the sperm counts and sperm motility of the patients tested” and a “significant increase in the number of abnormal sperm cells”.
- MORE FOR YOU Essentially, it’s really impossible to tell whether the ivermectin had any effect on sperm counts or quality in these men at all and the FDA does not list infertility as a side effect of ivermectin administration.