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:
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Abdominal discomfort
- Pain that does not cease when changing positions
Progesterone – Progesterone is an important hormone during pregnancy. During early pregnancy, progesterone made by the mother’s body maintains the lining of the uterus to support the fetus. Progesterone is typically prescribed during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy to supplement what the body makes naturally. At about seven to ten weeks the placenta takes over the job of producing hormone. Progesterone can cause headaches, bloating, weight gain and irritability.
It is important to note that no two patients will have the same experience while taking fertility medication. Some women will experience little to no side effects while others may experience several. In fact, the same woman may have very different experiences during different cycles. Side effects such as headaches are typically managed well with over the counter pain relievers like Acetaminophen. For patients experiencing mood swings, being aware that the hormones are having an effect on your personality may help you cope. However, if these mood changes are affecting your daily life, please contact your health care provider immediately.
There is one side effect that all of our patients welcome with open arms: pregnancy.
If you have questions about fertility treatments, possible side effects or to learn more about how our physicians can help you achieve your dream of parenthood, contact us today. Since 2004 New Hope Fertility Center has treated the unique needs of our patients.