Fertility Drugs And Breastfeeding  

Infertile women are often anxious about going through multiple IVF or IUI treatments that help in increasing the chances of conception. The treatments consist of administering drugs that promote fertility. These drugs affect the hormones in the body and regulate ovulation cycles by triggering release of viable eggs in order to increase the chances of conception.

However, these fertility drugs bring about serious side effects. In addition to raising the stress, anxiety and depression levels, they reduce the supply of breast milk and also increase the probability of multiple births.

Generally, birth control pills do not harm the baby though the supply of breast milk supply reduces. However, breastfeeding women should be careful if they want to take fertility drugs during this period.

Fertility drugs are generally administered during the breastfeeding period depending on the infant’s age, breastfeeding frequency as well as the type of drug required to treat the infertility issue. Note that pregnancy during the breastfeeding period may also reduce the amount of breast milk in general.

Some drugs like Gonadotropin are recommended to be taken just after breastfeeding in order to reduce exposure of this drug to the infant through the breast milk. Clomid a popular drug is given to trigger release of viable eggs to increase chances of conception has serious side effects. In addition to increasing the chances of multiple births, it also reduces the supply of milk for the infant.

HCG injections and stimulation drugs do not generally harm the baby even if the content gets mixed with the breast milk. However, it is recommended to time breast feeding based on when these drugs are administered to the nursing mother.

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