We know you have a lot of questions. We can provide some of the answers before you come into the office. Below is some of the most frequently asked questions that we get from patients.
When Should I See an Infertility Specialist?
Typically after 12 months of unprotected intercourse if the female partner is 35 years old or younger. You should speak to your regular OBGYN first before seeking out a reproductive endocrinologist.
Does birth control affect fertility?
In general, no. Your fertility cycle should return to normal after 2 cycles without birth control pills. This may be longer with implants or shots like depo provera. You can use an ovulation prediction kit to check your ovulation.
Are there any restrictions during an IVF cycle?
Smoking, drinking, and herbal supplements are all detrimental to an IVF cycle. We recommend some exercise and relaxation during your cycle as excessive stress has been shown to affect fertility negatively. Acupuncture, Spas and vacations are great before, during and after your cycle.
What over the counter medications can I use during my cycle?
It is essentially the same as if you were pregnant. Below is a list of all recommended allowable over the counter medications you can use during your cycle:
|Problem||Safe medicine to take when pregnant|
|Heartburn, gas and bloating, upset stomach||Antacids for heartburn (Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids, Tums)
Simethicone for gas pains (Gas-X, Maalox Anti-Gas, Mylanta Gas, Mylicon)
|Cough or cold||Guaifenesin, an expectorant (Hytuss, Mucinex, Naldecon Senior EX, Robitussin)
Dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant (Benylin Adult, Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough, Scot-Tussin DM, Vicks 44 Cough Relief)
Guaifenesin plus dextromethorphan (Benylin Expectorant, Robitussin DM, Vicks 44E)
Not safe to take:
Cold remedies that contain alcohol
The decongestants pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine, which can affect blood flow to the placenta
|Pain relief,headache, and fever||Acetaminophen (Anacin Aspirin-Free, Tylenol, Shake that Ache)|
|Allergy relief||Chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine (Chlor-Trimeton allergy tablets)
Loratadine, an antihistamine (Alavert, Claritin, Tavist ND, Triaminic Allerchews)
Diphenhydramine, an antihistamine (Banophen, Benadryl, Diphenhist, Genahist)
|Constipation,hemorrhoids, and diarrhea||Psyllium (Konsyl-D, Metamucil, Modane Bulk, Perdiem)
Polycarbophil (Equalactin, Fiber-Lax, FiberNorm, Konsyl-Fiber, Mitrolan)
Methylcellulose (Citrucel, Unifiber)
Other laxatives and stool softeners (Colace, Dulcolax, Maltsupex, Move It Along, milk of magnesia)
Hemorrhoid creams (Anusol, Preparation H, Tucks)
Loperamide, anti-diarrhea medication (Imodium, Kaopectate II, Maalox Anti-Diarrheal, Pepto Diarrhea Control)
|Yeast infections and other fungal infections such as athlete’s foot||Clotrimazole (Cruex, Gyne-Lotrimin 3, Lotrimin AF, Mycelex 7)
Miconazole (Desenex, Femizol-M, Micatin, Monistat 3)
Terbinafine (Lamisil AT)
Tioconazole (Monistat 1, Vagistat 1)
Butoconazole (Femstat 3, Mycelex 3)
Butenafine (Lotrimin Ultra)
Tolnaftate (Absorbine Athlete’s Foot Cream, Absorbine Footcare, Genaspor, Tinactin)
Not safe to take:
|Insomnia||Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Maximum Strength Unisom SleepGels, Nytol, Sominex, Eazzze the Pain!)
Doxylamine succinate (Unisom Nighttime Sleep-Aid)
|Itching||Hydrocortisone (Cortaid, Lanacort)|
|Cuts and scrapes||Polysporin|