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Fertility Myth #4: Using Injectable Egg-Producing Fertility Drugs Can Cause Premature Menopause

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It’s National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW).

All week, we’re highlighting fertility myths and facts. We’ve asked fertility doctors what myths they see perpetuated, and we set the record straight. Here's today's myth:

Fertility Myth #4

Laura M. Reuter, M.D., Midwest Fertility Specialists

    Using injectable fertility drugs to develop multiple eggs will cause a woman to go into menopause earlier.

FertilityAuthority Fact:

    True, a woman is born with a set number of eggs. However using fertility drugs to produce multiple eggs each month does not cause her to enter menopause earlier.

    Fertility drugs only act on the follicles that your body naturally produces each month. They do not deplete your supply of eggs or accelerate menopause.

    Here's how it works:

    At the beginning of your menstrual cycle your pituitary gland produces increasing amounts of two hormones – FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone). FSH works on your ovaries to stimulate approximately 10 to 20 egg-containing sacs known as follicles.

    At around day five of your menstrual cycle, increasing amounts of LH are released to help these follicles mature. As these follicles in your ovaries mature, they begin to produce estrogen. Estrogen works to stimulate more LH production which continues the maturation process of these follicles.

    Around day eight of your cycle, one of these developing follicles will emerge as the dominate one and all the others will begin to shrivel and disintegrate.

    Fertility drugs only act on the follicles that your body naturally produces each month - working to mature more than just one. But there's no depletion of your body's overall egg supply.

    Put concerns about menopause (at least for this reason) on the shelf!