Dealing with the Side Effects of Fertility Treatments
There is an old saying that goes ‘nothing in life occurs without consequences.’ If you are taking fertility treatments, then you know that this is absolutely the truth. When you began your journey toward parenthood, you weren’t banking on being bloated, gaining weight, being irritable, or having headaches, pelvic pain, and nausea. The American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology estimates that around 75 percent of women taking fertility treatments, whether injected or ingested, will experience these side effects.
Before you allow the side effects scare you away, it is important to realize that every woman is different and so is her protocol of treatment. The best thing a patient can do during these treatments is to deal with the side effects – one at a time. Often, they subside as you get farther along in your treatment. Some women even claim that the artificial hormonal rebalancing actually made them feel better in the long run.
With some medications, such as Clomid, patients experience bouts of overwhelming emotion ranging from feeling depressed to being elated. For those women taking Lupron injections, the side effects are similar to those experienced during menopause because, essentially, that is what it’s supposed to do.
The question is how to cope. You are already an emotional mess, probably wavering with more stress than the average person, and then you have the physical symptoms as well.
If you are taking follicle stimulation hormones, you will likely become a little larger, especially around the waistline. This too, is a normal part of the treatment but one that can upset many patients. The best way to deal with this is to realize that it is only temporary AND it is nothing compared to the size you will acquire once you are pregnant!
To help with all of the discomforts, go for a massage or get enrolled in a new class, such as yoga or Zumba. Stay busy to keep your mind off of the way you feel and make as many social plans as you can to keep your focus on the good things in life.
Fertility treatments aren’t easy. Just remember that everyone is different and as you become more accustomed to the medications, you will build up tolerance. You will be surprised at how much you can endure when your focus is on what is ahead.