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Which IVF Drug has the Fewest Side Effects?

IVF protocols are commonly associated with fertility medication.  Traditionally, IVF drug cycles are a large part of the cycle’s success.  Unfortunately, many fertility medications have associated side effects that can make IVF treatment uncomfortable.  Because of this, it is important that fertility treatment only provides the exact dosage of medication needed to effectively stimulate the body.  Over-prescribing medication does not increase the cycle’s effectiveness but does increase side effects and discomfort for the woman. 

The amount of side effects a woman experiences varies between individuals.  In fact, many women will have2015-10 different side effects during their IVF drug cycles.  Generally speaking, gentler IVF medications have fewer side effects than their more stimulating counterparts.  IVF drugs with the fewest side effects include:

  • Clomid – Clomid is often the first fertility medication prescribed when a woman is having difficulty becoming pregnant naturally.  It works by stimulating the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Clomid is taken orally, which eliminates the injection site discomfort associated with other medications.  Side effects while taking Clomid include: mood swings, hot flashes, headaches, and abdominal discomfort.
  • Synarel – Synarel is used to trigger ovulation of mature eggs.  This trigger allows ovulation to be timed so that egg retrieval is done just before ovulation will occur.  The end result is the retrieval of eggs that are ready to be fertilized.  Additionally, unlike more potent medications, Synarel does not last in the body as long which can reduce unwanted side effects.  Unlike many trigger medications, Synarel is not administered via injection.  Instead, Synarel is administered via nasal spray.  Known side effects of taking Synarel include nasal irritation, hot flashes, mood swings, and headaches.

IVF drug cycles play a large role in fertility treatment.  However, there are more holistic IVF treatment protocols such as Mini IVF and Natural Cycle IVF that use little-to-no fertility medication.  To understand what fertility medication and IVF protocol are best to address your medical needs, 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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