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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 […]

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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
  • impotence
  • 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:

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  1. Associated risk of neonatal withdrawal symptoms.
  2. Intrauterine growth restriction of the fetus.
  3. Neonatal abstinence syndrome.
  4. Transmission of infections such as Hep B or C, HIV/AIDS.
  5. 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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About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.

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  1. okay so i was going to take a percocet but last time i took it..it increase my hormones and sex drive..i wonder will it do it this time i take the pill….because i don’t want my boyfriend to know i took it..i want the sex to not get old and have some excitement to it.

  2. I have been TTC for a year and half now. About six months ago my dr started me on a pain management regime due to chronic pain from a shattered shoulder in a car accident. Three months in my medication was changed to daily doses of Percocet (initially 5 mg then 7.5 and finally two months ago 10mg three times a day) since then my periods have been seriously irregular! Sometimes with a period occurring only a week after the last one ends. I’ve also noticed that although my OP tests show “high” when testing for LH it never hits “peak” I haven’t been having the slight cramps I used to when ovulating and a few other issues. My pain is severe and although I have gone to only taking one per day (two per day about twice a week when really bad) I’ve noticed that my periods stop finally when I’ve gone a couple of days without them start up again even if I only take ONE pill.
    Does Percocet prevent ovulation and can it become permanent? My fertility doctor is ready to start IUI treatment but I’m terrified of wasting time and money if Percocet is causing my ovulation problems (which I’ve never had before) and my worst fear a possibility of having higher risk of miscarriage if I am able to become pregnant. I have three wonderful children who are also anxious that our tiny family should grow. What do I do??

    1. Hi Rebecca. I suggest that you run more tests with your fertility doctor and your pain doctor, and if Percocet is the problem, you may change it.

  3. Hi! Can anyone answer a very serious question for me with some actual knowledge on it? My wife is due with a baby girl April 11th and she is clean of all drugs and as far as i know has never used anything ever other than weed when she wasnt pregnant. Me however is another story. I have been going behind her back almost the whole pregnancy and using heroin suboxone percocets and ive also gotten heroin that was cut with meth a few times. Im not a daily user but a once or twice a week user. We have sex quite a bit everyday sometimes. So my question is can us having sex alot and her clean but me dirty for heroin or meth or whatever else it may be cause the baby to come out positive for something I’ve been doing? Please give an educated answer because this has me stressed to max levels. If i made a choice that got our baby girl taken from us. I really dont know if i could live with the guilt and embarrassment of it all. Please respond asap so i can breath again and maybe get some sleep tonight. Thank you so much

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