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Which IVF Drugs are the Safest To Take?

IVF drugs are often used during fertility treatment.  Because of the associated side effects, many women have questions about the different types of fertility medication and how that medication affects the body. 

The list below includes some of the safest IVF drugs, how they work and the potential side effects.



Clomid is often the first medication prescribed to address issues with ovulation. Taken orally, Clomid works by stimulating the body to produce more hormones.  This increased hormone production increases the number of eggs a woman produces and induces ovulation. 

Common side effects for Clomid include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Weight gain
  • Stomach pain


Femara is typically prescribed as an alternative to Clomid, particularly for those women who have not responded well to Clomid.  Although it is used to treat fertility issues, Femara is not actually a fertility medication.  Femara was designed to treat cancer, the fertility enhancing benefits are a side effect.  Femara works by triggering an increase in the production of FSH, follicle stimulating hormone.

Common side effects for Femara include:

  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Bone, muscle or joint pain
  • Hot flashes
  • Weakness


During IVF treatment, Synarel is used to time and trigger ovulation.  Unlike many IVF drugs, Synarel is not administered via injection, resulting in less pain for patients.  Instead, the medication is given via nasal spray.  Synarel works by stimulating the pituitary gland, which is responsible for regulating hormone levels. Synarel is used by world class fertility centers as it is gentler on the body than injectable options.  When Synarel is used, ovulation can be timed, allowing egg retrieval to be performed just prior to ovulation.

Common side effects for Synarel include:

  • Nasal irritation
  • Increased thirst
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches

Although fertility medication may be used during IVF treatment, it is not required for success.  A natural approach to IVF doesn't use any fertility medication, while still maintaining success rates. 

For additional information on IVF drugs or how IVF can be done with little to no medication, contact the experts at New Hope Fertility Center today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.


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