Over the years I have come to learn that fertility medications can be a blessing and a curse.
They are a huge blessing because they help infertile couples (like myself) in their journey to become pregnant.
But they can be a curse because of the nasty side effects they bring. And to be blunt- those side effects can be quite awful and debilitating. But no matter what, we do them, and we power through because we are strong and brave and would do anything to have a baby, am I right?
Whether you are doing IVF or trying to regulate your monthly cycle, if you are trying for a baby through the help of your doctor, chances are you will be on fertility medication at some point.
Every infertile couple is different. Because of this, there are several factors that go into the prescribing of fertility medications.. My IVF medications were different than friends of mine who went through the same thing. I took different pills and less shots than others might have. There are a lot of side effects that come with the medications prescribed to patients and sometimes the list can go on and on.
Side effects to certain fertility medications, according to AmericanPregnancy.org are:
Potential side effects include:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased breast size
- Painful intercourse
- Bone density loss
- Chance of multiple births
- Nasal congestion
- Decreased blood pressure
I would like to share the side effects I had with some of the medications given to me during our two rounds of IVF and the 14 rounds of IUI we have done.