IVF Frequently Asked Questions
1. What can I take for headaches or other types of pain?
Regular or extra strength Tylenol is ok before, during and after the cycle. Avoid medications containing Ibuprofen such as Advil, Motrin and Aleve.
2. What can I take for allergies or colds?
Plain Sudafed or Benadryl can be used. Plain cough syrups, cough drops and nasal sprays are ok.
3. What can I take for nausea, vomiting or heartburn?
You can take Tums, Rolaids, Maalox, Zantac or Prilosec. Small frequent meals may help. If the nausea is related to pregnancy there are prescription medications that can be called in for you.
4. What can I take for constipation?
Increase fluid and fiber intake in your diet. Any over the counter stool softener or laxative can be used if needed.
5. Are there limits to exercise?
Starting on the fifth day of injections you should limit exercise to low impact activity. Examples are walking, swimming or bike riding. Your ovaries will be enlarged until the second or third month of pregnancy. This increases your risk of ovarian torsion. There is data now that also indicates increase in miscarriage rates with strenuous exercise in the first trimester. Avoid the use of hot tubs or saunas.
6. Can I travel during a cycle?
Yes you can. If you are flying your medications and syringes should be carried in your carry on luggage with the labels intact.
7. Can I take the flu shot?
Yes, complications from the flu far outweigh any theoretical risk associated with the shot.
8. Can I have acupuncture?
Does it increase pregnancy rates? There is not enough clinical data available at this time to indicate an increase in pregnancy rates but it will not cause you any harm so go ahead if you wish.