Taking Drugs Drugs and More Drugs

In This Chapter

^ Finding out the good and the bad about IVF drugs

^ Understanding how your doctor works out what IVF drugs are best for you ^ Measuring your response to stimulation

0rugs are an inevitable part of IVF treatment. The goal of treatment is to make your ovaries produce several eggs all at once rather than the one egg you normally release every month. When you undergo treatment you're likely to feel like a pincushion and have hormones coming out of your ears, but using drugs give you a much better chance of success than attempting to get pregnant drug-free, because with treatment every egg has a small chance of being the egg. And the more eggs you produce, the greater your chance of falling pregnant.

In this chapter, I explain the various drugs used in IVF and what kinds of side effects you may experience — conveniently, any mood swings you get during IVF can be blamed on the drugs. I also discuss the factors that can influence how your ovaries respond to the drugs and how stimulation protocols can be individualised to your needs.

Pregnancy Guide

Pregnancy Guide

A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Pregnancy. If you suspect, or know, that you are pregnant, we ho pe you have already visited your doctor. Presuming that you have confirmed your suspicions and that this is your first child, or that you wish to take better care of yourself d uring pregnancy than you did during your other pregnancies; you have come to the right place.

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