Fertility Drug Side Effects

Fertility Drug Side Effects

Fertility drugs are every day used by couples all around the world. Statistics reveal that one out of five couples is affected by infertility. As worrying as the numbers may sound, the good news is that more and more treatments are being released on the market. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

From natural remedies to prescribed medicines, doctors treat this medical problem in various ways. However, when choosing a fertility drug, it is important to know exactly what risks it implies. When taking a fertility drug, side effects may be surprising and unexpected, so to say, and it would be a good idea to be fully prepared.

There are two categories of fertility drugs: pills and injected solutions. According to the type of drug, but also to the product itself, the list of side effects may vary greatly. However, no matter the type of fertility drug used, there is a list of common side effects.

Here is a list of the 5 most common fertility drug side effects.

Multiple births

One of the most often encountered side effects relates to multiple pregnancies. Certain fertility drugs can induce an excessive ovulation that may increase your chances of twins, triplets and even more. Of course, a multiple birth implies a series of risks that cannot be overlooked and possible responsibilities that the couple may not be ready to take.

Ovarian cancer risk

Another side effect that worries both patients and doctors is the risk of developing a form of ovarian cancer. Pills such as Clomid are known to have such side effects, although not on a large scale.

Hot flashes

Other side effects that have been noted include ovary enlargement and hot flashes, shown in the case of some fertility treatments.

Abdominal/breast discomfort

Abdominal and breast discomfort and even hair loss may also appear as a result of both pills and injections treatments. This is a fairly benign side effect as similar symptoms are common to PMS sufferers or during early pregnancy.

Minor side effects

Dizziness, stomach problems, back pain, sleepiness, skin rash, nosebleeds, and tenderness can be added to the list of minor side effects that come with both types of fertility drugs.

That is precisely why the doctor’s opinion is crucial when deciding to follow a fertility treatment. The drug chosen should be comfortable for the patient and should provide optimal results. Some of the side effects may not affect all the patients. Also, each woman perceives the results and implications of the fertility treatment differently. For this reason, some medicines may have no or minimal side effects.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)