Side Effects of Fertility Drugs

Side Effects of Fertility Drugs

The use of fertility drugs is becoming more and more common in today’s society. With up to ten percent of all couples facing some degree of fertility issues at some point in their relationship, it’s easy to see why. Fertility drugs can be a great choice for boosting fertility and helping couples achieve their parenting dreams. It’s only natural to want to know what side effects might come along with those fertility drugs, though. Today we are going to talk about some of the most common side effects that occur with fertility drug usage. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Risk of multiple birth

This is perhaps the most well known and most common side effect of fertility drugs. Multiple births are not usually considered a negative thing by the parents who have been facing fertility issues, but it is considered a side effect nonetheless. On average, around half of the women who get pregnant from fertility drugs will have a multiple pregnancy (a pregnancy where there is more than one fetus).

Mood swings

Since fertility drugs are chock full of hormones, they can really wreak havoc on a woman’s emotional state. Mood swings are one of the most common side effects of fertility drugs. Rest assured, however, that these mood swings are par for the course when taking fertility drugs, and they are perfectly normal.

Risk of ovarian cancer

Some fertility drugs, such as Clomid, come with a small but increased risk of ovarian cancer. This is since Clomid boosts ovulation. Increased ovulation over a long period of time with no breaks can put a woman at an increased risk of ovarian cancer. However, the risk is pretty small. Your doctor can give you more information about the risk of ovarian cancer associated with fertility drugs.

Normal pregnancy symptoms

The most common side effects associated with fertility drugs are symptoms that are considered normal pregnancy symptoms. Bloating, nausea, weight gain, breast tenderness, and headaches are all extremely common. These symptoms are usually mild, and mimic the symptoms of pregnancy, so most women aren’t too affected by them.

Uterine bleeding

Uterine bleeding is considered a very rare side effect of fertility drug, and it doesn’t happen very often. However, it is a very serious side effect that should be discussed with your doctor. Your doctor can give you more detailed information about uterine bleeding and what to do about it.

Hostile cervical mucus

This side effect is most common when taking Clomid. Clomid has been shown to decrease the quality of cervical mucus in some women. This can make it more difficult to get pregnant. Your doctor can usually give you ideas for how to improve the quality of your cervical mucus.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.