Supplemental Medications

Supplemental medications can be nearly anything that addresses an issue that you need help with during your fertility treatment. Some medications might be used to help you boost certain hormones. Other medications might be prescribed for you to address issues of immunology or unknown in fertility.

During the course of your treatment you and your reproductive specialty team will decide on a medication protocol. This protocol will go along with your known fertility issues. You will start at the lowest dose, strength, and type of medication possible, except in a few rare instances, in order to minimize the risk of complications with any given medication.

Remember that these medications can affect urine and blood pregnancy tests. When undergoing assisted reproductive technology like super ov and IVF, don't be tempted to take a pregnancy test without your doctor's okay. You may get inaccurate results.

Your team may decide from the beginning of treatment that supplemental medication is required for a successful cycle, or it may not be until midcycle that your team makes a change or addition to your medications to help ensure a successful and safe cycle. Which medications, if any, are used for supplementation depend on many factors.

Estrogen Supplementation

During the course of your fertility treatment, your blood work will be monitored as well as your uterine lining. If it is determined that you need to boost your estrogen levels, you may be asked to take supplemental estrogen. This is usually, and thankfully, done in patch form. This means you simply wear a small piece of plastic tape that has the estrogen imbedded in it. The medication is absorbed through your skin. No muss, no fuss!

Progesterone Supplementation

Progesterone supplementation can be used in high-level fertility procedures like IVF and super ovulation. It can also be used to help supplement some other women. It is commonly used in cases of frequent or recurrent pregnancy loss, and for unexplained infertility as well. This is most often done as an injectable form or as a vaginal suppository. The injectables are usually suspended in oil and are given intramuscularly.

Baby Aspirin

Baby aspirin is given to women who have blood-clotting disorders or perhaps have had problems with placental perfusion in previous pregnancies. It is also given to combat some autoimmune disorders, which cause your body to attack a pregnancy as a foreign substance. This is oral medication. It can be taken temporarily in the early weeks of pregnancy or continuously through pregnancy. However, it may be advised that you discontinue its use in the third trimester of pregnancy for fear of bleeding problems during the birth.

Viagra

Here's a new one to many people: women's use of the medication Viagra. The way that Viagra works on everyone is that it helps blood flow to capillaries causing certain parts of the body to have increased blood flow. Some fertility centers are using this medication to help increase blood flow to the uterus. It is used as a suppository to be inserted vaginally.

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