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What are side effects of fertility drugs?

Once you’ve been prescribed fertility meds, it’s only natural to think of the ultimate goal: achieving a successful pregnancy. But it’s also important to understand that fertility drugs do come with risks, ranging from mild discomfort to more serious reactions. We give you the side-effect breakdown below for some of the most common fertility meds.

This class of injectable fertility drug includes follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Some side effects of these include tenderness, infection, blood blisters, and swelling or bruiding at the injection site. They may also cause ovarian hyperstimulation, a condition in which your ovaries become tender and enlarged.

Progesterone, a type of fertility drug that prepares the lining of your uterus for implantation, comes in a number of forms, each which comes with different side effects. Oral progesterone can cause dizziness or sleepiness. Suppositories may be messy and uncomfortable, while bioadhesive get can cause irritation in the vagina.

Heparin, a fertility medicine that thins out your blood and prevents clotting, has been associated with side effects like back pain, stomach pain, and rash. Long-term use may also cause bone loss or hair loss.

Clomiphene Citrate
Clomid is used to stimulate ovulation, but it also may cause some side effects. These include hot flashes, breast tenderness, dizziness, headache, or heavy menstrual periods. It may also affect your mood, making you feel depressed, nervous, or restless. It may also cause superovulation, which increases the risk of becoming pregnant with multiples.

Worried about getting pregnant with twins or triplets if you’re taking Clomid? Watch Dr. Karande of InVia Fertility Services in Chicago talk about your chances of a multiple pregnancy on Clomid.

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