On Wednesday, November 6th, RESOLVE hosted their annual Night of Hope, where organizations from across the nation were celebrated for their efforts in infertility. Actress and activist Elizabeth Rohm hosted the event, which honored the awardees for their dedication to improving the lives of individuals fighting infertility.
Conventional IVF can be a useful and successful treatment for certain patients. Using injected medications daily, a woman’s ovaries are stimulated so they produce a large number of eggs for harvesting. Although a large number of eggs is produced, not all of them will be suitable for fertilization and implantation. Once retrieved, the eggs are analyzed by our embryologists and the ones that are viable are fertilized.
Before beginning any fertility treatment, it is important to understand the potential side effects. Side effects during fertility care are common, but are often minor. Knowing what to expect can help avoid stress and anxiety about how you are feeling during treatment.
Taking medication to regulate or stimulate ovulation is common while undergoing fertility treatment. Reported side effects from regularly prescribed fertility medication include:
Clomid – Clomid is used to stimulate ovulation. As a result multiple eggs may mature. If natural conception is attempted or an insemination is performed, multiple eggs may fertilize producing twins, triplets or high-order multiples. Additionally, patients have reported mood swings and headaches.
Lupron – Lupron may be used during cycles where in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is done. Lupron suppresses the body’s natural hormones temporarily putting a woman into a menopause-like state. Some of the side effects include those commonly experienced by menopausal women: