Long term effects of Adderall on pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)

What are the effects of Adderall on sexuality? Main effects include decreased libido, troubles with conception, and erectile disorder. Check out this graphic for more quick facts.

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Long term effects of Adderall on pregnancy

Adderall can trigger the loss of sexual drive and incites fertility impairment and impotence. In fact, Adderall can harm sexual function and affect fetal development. Both sexes are equally in danger of Adderall addiction side-effects, but females are more likely to abuse Adderall due to weight loss. More on Adderall’s effects on sexuality and pregnancy among both men and women here.

Effects of Adderall on sex and sexuality

Adderall seriously affects sexuality and reproductive health. It makes it harder for women to conceive by causing irregularities in the menstrual cycle. It triggers loss of interest in sex men risk erectile dysfunction and impotence if misusing Adderall. The main (worrisome) effects of Adderall on sexuality include:

Long term effects of Adderall on pregnancy (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • decreased libido
  • erectile disorder
  • impotence
  • problems conceiving

Effects of Adderall on male and female reproduction

Effects of Adderall on male sexuality

  • decreased libido
  • decreased sperm count
  • erectile disorder
  • sexual impotence

Effects of Adderall on female sexuality

  • Adderall accumulates in breast milk
  • decrease of sexual drive
  • irregular menstrual periods

Effects of Adderall on a fetus

  • baby experiences withdrawal symptoms (dysphoria, agitation, and lassitude)
  • long-term neurochemical and behavioral alterations
  • low birth weight in babies
  • premature delivery

Effects of Adderall on early childhood

  • altered locomotor activity
  • inhibited growth
  • memory deficits
  • problems with learning
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. May I have a list of your sources? Very curious (and skeptical) of the low sperm count and sexual impotence. Plus I need these sources ASAP for my grad project 🙂

  2. Hello! Was reading your blog and would be interested in receiving the links too (concerning adderall and infertility around men and women). Thanks in advance!

  3. Hi – how long before I start an IVF cycle do I need to stop taking adderall (which is prescribed to address my narcolepsy), in order to minimize any impact it may have on my egg quality?

  4. Saying there are too many sources to list sounds pretty bad. They should all be listed if you are making medical claims like this. I would argue there aren’t many published medical studies on this. Especially ones like “baby experiences withdrawal symptoms”. Since adderall doesn’t even give withdrawal symptoms to the person taking, how can the baby have symptom? I would also argue you could claim any of these for coffee and caffeine as well. Around the 50’s 1-5 women took dexedrine in America as diet medicine, so if it was really bad we would know about it for sure like we do alcohol. But even now there is no proof it effects pregnancy and even the label says there is no proof that is does any harm, but should probably not take it just to be careful. This infographic is very misleading and seems exaggerated to get clicks to your site. I mean this one “long-term neurochemical and behavioral alterations” seems completely made up. How can you even do a study on that, there are so many other factors it would be impossible to link it to adderall taked during pregnancy. If your sources are not PUBLISHED medical studies, you should not be using them as fact.

    1. Hi jrbsdcal. Thank you for your comment! Of course children born to mothers abusing Adderall can experience withdrawal symptoms. Newborn withdrawal refers to a group of symptoms that are sometimes seen in a baby whose mother has taken certain drugs or medications during her pregnancy. (It’s also called prenatal substance exposure syndrome or, when the baby has been exposed to an opioid, NAS, for neonatal abstinence syndrome.) Symptoms usually appear 1 to 7 days after birth. Symptoms can be mild or severe, depending on how much and how long the mother has been using the medication for.

      Newborn withdrawal can happen after a baby has been exposed to certain substances before birth, including illicit amhetamines such as the street drugs meth and ecstasy; but also medications used for ADHD and ADD such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta.

      You can learn more about the effects of exposure to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medications during pregnancy here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1949295/. But also, please make sure to check out the links from trusted government studies that my colleague sent you, that we have used in the making of this infographic.

      We are open to any questions.

      All the best,

  5. Would be nice if there were at least some citations to back up these claims, consider adding links to primary sources from whence these statements were derived. Otherwise it just comes off as convenient for a site called the addiction blog.

    1. Hi Ken. We have reference sources for all infographics. However, this type has many sources that we couldn’t place them in the article, but we send them via e-mail to people who needed them. So, I’ve send you all links used for this infographic via email.

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