Do you know what you are getting into I asked? “No, came the reply”, I don’t and I don’t care.
The only thing I care about is that a baby comes out at the end of it all. This was the conversation I had with a colleague a few weeks ago.
2 months into her treatment, she was exhausted, miserable and, an emotional wreck. She was broken in more ways than she ever thought possible.
She has had 3 failed cycle and became pregnant on the 4 try.
Little did she she know what she was getting into. If only someone had told me, she recalled months after giving birth:
So, how can you prepare for Treatment? How do you ensure that you are some how ready and have some insight into what you are about to embark on.
First you need to understand the stages of fertility treatments and what is involved.
According to the NHS websites there are 3 types of fertility treatments.
Today’s post will focus on Medicines.
- surgical procedures
- assisted conception – including intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilisation (IVF)
Common fertility medicines include:
clomifene – This is a drug given to stimulate ovulation. It encourages the monthly release of an egg (ovulation) in women who do not ovulate regularly or cannot ovulate at all.
tamoxifen: This is an alternative to clomiphene that is also an ovulation stimulating drug offered to those with ovulation problems.
metformin – is particularly beneficial for women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Other ovarian stimulating drugs are
gonadotrophins – can help stimulate ovulation in women, and may also improve fertility in men
gonadotrophin-releasing hormone and dopamine agonists – other types of medicine prescribed to encourage ovulation in women
These drugs are prescribed if your doctor thinks you need them.
Some of these medicines may cause side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, headaches and hot flushes.
So it is important to speak to your doctor for more information about the possible side effects of specific medicines.
Watch out for next post where we continue on Surgical procedures
Your partner in Hope
stages of treatment @nhs.uk