Medical Q&As

Shingles - affect fertility?

I am 30 years of age and I have just got shingles. Will this affect me if I wish to have children?

Shingles is the common name for herpes zoster, which results from a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus that had previously been acquired during an earlier bout of chicken pox. The interval of time between the primary bout of chicken pox and the later reactivation of chicken pox can be many decades. The most common sites for shingles to erupt on the body are the face and torso. Shingles does not have any direct effect on male or female fertility although it can cause considerable lassitude, which could reduce libido. However, it does not have any affects on the reproductive organs and therefore cannot adversely affect fertility.