Effects of Percocet on sex, pregnancy, and child development (INFOGRAPHIC)
Sexuality and reproduction implications of long term Percocet use
Percocet (main ingredient oxycodone) affects the emotional well-being, mood stability and sexual desire in both, male and female users. It can trigger a loss of interest in sex and decrease the libido. Percocet can also make it difficult to conceive by disrupting women’s menstrual cycle and by lowering testosterone levels in men.
So, long term abuse of Percocet can have some serious implications on fertility, potency, and libido (how is Percocet abused?).Here, we review the effects of Percocet on unborn babies and show you visually its effects on sex and child development. Then, we invite you to post your questions at the end of the page.
Effect of Percocet in men and/or women
Prolonged Percocet use has effects on hormones in the body, causing hormonal changes that lead to:
- cessation of menstrual cycle
- irregular menstrual periods
- lowered libido
- reduced fertility
- testosterone depletion
Effects of Percocet on pregnancy and fetus
Percocet (an acetaminophen-oxycodone medication) has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Acetaminophen is considered relatively safe for short term pain relief during all stages of pregnancy. However, there are some risks from prolonged Percocet use during pregnancy you should be aware of:
- Associated risk of neonatal withdrawal symptoms.
- Intrauterine growth restriction of the fetus.
- Neonatal abstinence syndrome.
- Transmission of infections such as Hep B or C, HIV/AIDS.
- Poor growth and premature birth.
Can I breastfeed while on Percocet?
It’s probably best to avoid breastfeeding while taking Percocet.
Percocet is excreted into human breast milk in small concentrations. The excretion levels of acetaminophen are considered compatible with breast-feeding standards outlined by the AAP (American Academy of Paediatrics), while oxycodone’s clinical significance is not known, although it’s present in the breast milk.
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