Is that medicine safe to take during IVF treatment?
Many of our patients want to be as healthy and fit as possible during fertility treatment and if a cold, flu or infection hits they want to know what they can or can't take during and after their IVF treatment cycle.
A number of medications that we take for granted for colds, flu or infections can interact with the drugs our patients take for IVF treatment making them less effective and possibly leading to poor egg quality or to cause other issues which are not favourable to their IVF treatment. But, there are lots of medications out there that are absolutely fine to take during the treatment. Here are some important points to remember:
- If it's safe to take in pregnancy then it's (usually) safe to taking during IVF treatment.
- Just because it's a "natural" remedy does not necessarily mean it's OK to take and should always be discussed with your IVF nurse or fertility doctor. Chinese herbs should be avoided due to the fact there are so many different kinds - although we know that some are okay, we also know some aren't and some we just don't know enough about - so it's best to avoid them altogether unless your fertility doctor is aware and is happy for you to take them.
- There is no need to suffer with pain or headaches, it is fine to take Panadol or Panadeine. However, Aspirin, Naprogesic and Nurofen (Ibuprofen) should be avoided. (Low dose Aspirin is sometimes prescribed during treatment by your fertility doctor, but should not be taken without their advice).
- A lot of antibiotics are okay to take, and if you have a bad infection requiring them then it's definitely better to sort it out - your fertility doctor or GP can prescribe you antibiotics that are safe to take during an IVF treatment cycle.
- The pharmacist at your chemist is also a great resource for checking what is okay and what is not. If you are in NSW, there is a free service called MotherSafe that is useful - their phone no is: 02 9382 6539 (Sydney Metropolitan Area) or 1800 647 848 (Non-Metropolitan Area). If you are in Western Australia, the best contact is King Edward Memorial Hospital (Women’s and Children’s Hospital of WA) Pharmacy – Ph: 08 6458 2222. For Victorians, The Royal Women’s Hospital has a Medicines Information Service on 03 8345 3190. If you’re in New Zealand, please get in touch with your Nursing Team.
Otherwise, if you are a Genea patient just call your friendly IVF nurse and they will let you know or check with your fertility doctor for you. Photo courtesy of Flickr.
Disclaimer: Please note that this is a Genea Group blog and as such information may not be relevant for all clinics. We advise that you consult clinics directly for further information.