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What are the benefits and side effects of the medications?

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The medication we give for IVF are pills, injections, or a combination of both. Their purpose is to stimulate more than one follicle (which each have an egg inside) to grow each cycle. Think of it as food for your eggs- at the beginning of each cycle a woman starts with many small follicles, without medication, your body gives off only enough “food” for one dominant follicle to develop. By giving your body stimulation medication, we are providing more food for the other follicles to develop along with your dominant follicle. Some women do experience side effects such as headache, blurry vision, mood swings and or bloating. If you experience these symptoms, you can take the medication before bedtime to minimize the effects or let us know so we can work on an alternative option.

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