Question Dear Dr. Krempels, I have had two beautiful rabbits for the last two years. I am planning to get pregnant this year and a friend of mine who es a doctor told me that living with rabbits is detrimental to female fertility, he did not specify any thing else. I have searched in internet for information on this subject but have not found anything...does having rabbits lower my chances of getting pregnant?
Answer Dear M,
Being near your rabbit will not affect your fertility. I'm not sure why the physician told you that, but it is not true.
He may have been thinking that you could contract toxoplasmosis (infection by which can cause miscarriage and other pregnancy-related problems) from the bunnies' litter box. But that is not a concern with rabbits. While rabbits can carry the bacterium (Toxoplasma gondii), they--unlike cats--cannot transmit it to humans unless they are eaten by humans. Which I'm sure you don't plan to do.
So don't worry. If you have trouble getting pregnant at first, it's certainly not the rabbits' fault.
I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:
RULE #1: THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.
If your rabbits is LETHARGIC
If your rabbit is NOT EATING
If your rabbit is PHYSICALLY INJURED (including broken bones)
I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years.
I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM.
I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.
Organizations Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president
National House Rabbit Society (Board member)
Publications Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide
Education/Credentials Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English
Awards and Honors Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology