Possible IVF Medication Side Effects

Mar 25, 2017 @ 10:00 AM – by CARE Fertility

A woman receiving a shot as part of her IVF treatmentAt The Center for Assisted Reproduction (CARE Fertility), we perform in vitro fertilization, or IVF, more often than any other fertility treatment. This advanced procedure gives couples who are struggling with infertility a genuine opportunity to introduce a precious new life into this world. While there are no guarantees with any fertility treatment, our experienced fertility specialists are among the most respected and trusted in the nation, and our independent facility features a CAP certified IVF laboratory and accredited ambulatory surgical center onsite.

Our fertility specialists are also renowned for providing patients with all of the information they need to make confident, educated decisions regarding their fertility care. For example, they discuss IVF medication side effects in detail during consultations at their Dallas, TX fertility center. Fertility medications are an integral part of IVF, and our specialists want patients to know all of the possible scenarios that can occur before they commit to treatment.

We invite you to read about the following possible side effects of IVF medication and then contact CARE Fertility to schedule your initial consultation with one of our experienced fertility specialists.

Possible Side Effects of IVF Medications

There are three medications commonly used during an IVF cycle, and each is associated with its own unique possible side effects. These IVF medications are:

Clomiphene Citrate

Clomiphene citrate, which you may know by one of its more common brand names Clomid or Serophene, is used to stimulate ovulation in women who have irregular ovulation or who do not ovulate at all. Side effects of clomiphene citrate are usually mild and include:

  • Headache
  • Hot flashes
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Weight gain
  • Moodiness
  • Dizziness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Pelvic discomfort

Clomiphene citrate also slightly increases the risk of multiple births.

Gonadotropins

Gonadotropins are powerful injectable hormones that can include gonadotropin releasing hormones, follicle stimulating hormones, luteinizing hormones, and human menopausal gonadotropins. In general, side effects are mild, with potentially serious complications being possible, but very rare:

  • Swelling, bruising, and soreness at the site of injection
  • Infection at the site of injection
  • Blood blisters or rash at the site of injection
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Acne
  • Weight Gain
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting (rare)
  • Breathing problems (rare)

Gonadotropin injections also slightly increase the risk of multiple births and ectopic pregnancy.

hCG Injections

Human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, injections are used to stimulate the final maturation and release of eggs from the ovarian follicles approximately a day-and-a-half before egg retrieval. Possible side effects of hCG injections include:

  • Swelling, bruising, and soreness at the site of injection
  • Headache
  • Hot flashes
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Moodiness
  • Restlessness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Breast swelling

Learn More about IVF Medication Side Effects

Throughout your experience at CARE Fertility, our team will communicate with you and monitor you closely to help ensure that your IVF treatment goes as smoothly and as comfortably as possible. For further information about IVF medication side effects, or to schedule your initial IVF consultation, please contact CARE Fertility today.

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