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Anti-Depressant Use During Infertility and Pregnancy

Infertility and pregnancy are two scenarios of intense emotional fragility. When experienced back to back, the influx of hormones is often too much for one to bear.

You may be considering the use of anti-depressants, or perhaps you are evaluating your current anti-depressant use prior to trying to conceive. The use of anti-depressants during pregnancy is largely based on a risk to benefit ratio that can only be decided by a qualified physician.


Fertility Drugs More than Double Childhood Cancer Risk, Researchers Say

Fox News,  April 24, 2012

Children born to women who took fertility drugs are more than twice as likely to develop leukemia, French scientists announced Tuesday. Researchers from the Center for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health (INSERM), based in a southern suburb of Paris, linked the use of ovarian-stimulating drugs to a 2.6-fold increase in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type. The risk of developing the rarer acute myeloid leukemia was increased 2.3-fold by the drugs, according to research presented at the Childhood Cancer 2012 conference in London.


Shorter Boys after Fertility Treatment

Auckland Now,  Nov 27, 2011

A study by Auckland University's Liggins Institute found boys conceived using the drug clomiphene (Clomid) grew up shorter than those conceived without it, but girls were barely affected. The drug is commonly given as a pill or by injection in fertility treatment to cause ovarian stimulation. The boys in the study were on average 3 centimetres shorter than their counterparts.

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Bust a Myth about Fertility Drugs

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No link between fertility medications and cancer

Fertility Myths

I would never take fertility drugs — they cause ovarian and breast cancer.

Fertility Facts

A few early studies had conflicting results about the link between fertility drugs and ovarian cancer. However, more recent studies have found the use of fertility drugs does not increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer.

Canadian Study Warns of Potential CJD Risk from Fertility Drugs

The Globe and Mail,  Mar 31, 2011
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A Canadian-led research team warns there may be an underappreciated risk to fertility drugs: The treatments most frequently prescribed have the potential to spread Creutzfeldt-Jakob (also known as Mad Cow) disease. The controversial research, which was funded in part by the federal government, tested dozens of samples of the most commonly available fertility drugs from around the world and found that all those with pregnancy-enhancing hormones extracted from human urine contained prion proteins.


Drug Preventing Preterm Births Gets FDA Approval and Price increases,  Mar 21, 2011
Doctors worry about cost to patients

The cost of a drug that has helped some women prevent preterm labor is skyrocketing now that it's been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The drug, formerly called 17p and now called Makena since its FDA approval, is a form of progesterone shot that has been compounded (mixed together) in some pharmacies and used since 2004. After FDA approval, the drug went from around $20 an injection to $1,500 under Makena's name.

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March Infertility Madness: The Needles

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We're talking fertility meds, not the kind to pump up basketballs

a blog by Alec, March 16, 2011

It seems that asking for funny stories about infertility was an idea ahead of its time. No worries! We will always appreciate and treasure your stories, but the madness of infertility continues. And in March, we celebrate madness!

Needles, needles, needles. Knitting needles, sewing needles, syringe needles. Seems I've seen a lot of needles over the past few years.

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Drugs May Level Fertility Playing Field for the Obese

Reuters,  Jan 6, 2010
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Weight may cease to matter when women take fertility drugs

Heavy women often have a harder time getting pregnant than their slimmer peers, but new findings suggest weight may cease to matter when women take fertility drugs.

In a report in the journal Fertility and Sterility, scientists say that the "weight effect" is overcome by a higher dose of ovulation-stimulating drugs, which ensures obese women have a similar concentration of the hormones as those with a lower body mass index (BMI), a ratio of weight to height.


Why Does Some Medicine Leak Out when I Do Fertility Drug Injections?

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What am I doing wrong?

by Gina Paoletti-Falcone, RN, BSN, Freedom Fertility Pharmacy, December 29, 2010


The last couple of nights when I give myself the lupron shots, it looks like some of the medicine leaks out when I pull the needle out. What am I doing wrong with my fertility drug injection?

Avoid Fertility Medication Sticker Shock

A fertility drug price calculator can help

a blog by Gina Paoletti-Falcone, RN, BSN, December 23, 2010

Preparing for fertility treatments is stressful. So much is unknown. How will you juggle your appointments and your job? How many fertility injections will you need? Will you get pregnant?

You’re presented with a list of fertility medications you will need for your treatment cycle, more drugs than you have ever had to take in your life. You have no idea why you need them, what they do or how much they will cost. If you don’t have prescription coverage for your medications, you may be in for some sticker shock when you talk to the pharmacy about the total price.

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