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How old do you need to be to take fertility drugs?

How old do you need to be to take fertility drugs?

No Specific Age: There is no specific age. Most women are at least 18 years old but I suppose in certain circumstances a younger women could take medicines (for instance to freeze eggs before cancer treatment). Many women in their early 20's up to late 40's take medicines.

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Hi, I'm 38 yrs old and I want to get pregnant soon can I take fertility dugs? What kinds of fertility drugs I should take? Please help

Hi, I'm 38 yrs old and I want to get pregnant soon can I take fertility dugs? What kinds of fertility drugs I should take? Please help

Yes: There are many options, but first you would need an evaluation. It is important to understand the whole process and what may benefit you. Fertility drugs do good things but also have risks such as multiple pregnancy so it is not just about being treated, but having and understanding the plan to help you.

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Does a surrogate mother have to take fertility drugs to prepare?

Does a surrogate mother have to take fertility drugs to prepare?

No: A gestational carrier ('surrogate, ' although the terms are different legally) does not use fertility drugs per se. She does not get injections with gonadotropins. She does, however, need her uterine lining prepared and she needs to be synchronized with the woman who will provide the eggs. Gestational carriers typically use drugs like oral estrogen pills and Progesterone to do this.

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Is it safe to take fertility drugs when you have graves disease (I take 10 mg of methimazole once daily)?

Is it safe to take fertility drugs when you have graves disease (I take 10 mg of methimazole once daily)?

Yes: Yes the medicines are safe. Your thyroid tests need to be monitored to make sure they are stable over time. A rise in your hormones can alter your thyroid hormones but this is easily monitored.

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Is it unwise to take molly while on fertility drugs?

Is it unwise to take molly while on fertility drugs?

Yes: It's unwise to take molly at any time. There is a reason street drugs are on the street. No one tests them, no one guarantees their safety, and anyone who takes them accepts full responsibility for anything unfortunate that happens to her (or him.) would you take molly when you are pregnant?

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What drug can I take to slim down fast and doesn't affect my fertility.?

What drug can I take to slim down fast and doesn't affect my fertility.?

Fast weight loss?: There is no such drug. Nada. There is no magic or secret other than changing what and how much you eat and how much you burn. Now, if you want to talk surgery, then we can get into proven scientific weight loss. Surgery has been proven over and over to make a significant difference in the diseases of obesity once the weight is off. But, please know that there is no such pill.

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After taking fertility drugs for IVF I have to take rest?

After taking fertility drugs for IVF I have to take rest?

Avoid stress.: During ivf cycles, generally solid advice is to follow your specialist's recommendations, minimize stress (physical and emotional), rest as long as you like, maintain hydration and balanced diet and take your Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily. Avoid saunas, all alcohol/smoking/illicit drugs and maintain a positive attitude. Best of luck!

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Is it okay to take a prenatal vitamin and fertility drugs together?

Is it okay to take a prenatal vitamin and fertility drugs together?

YES: Can take at same time or stagger in day. It is not known to matter. The Folic Acid in the vitamin is very important to have in your body to prevent certain types of birth defects!

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Can you take anything besides fertility drugs to boost your chances of getting pregnant?

Can you take anything besides fertility drugs to boost your chances of getting pregnant?

No: The answer is 'no.' like fad diets, the grapevine and the internet are filled with remedies, herbs, otc drugs, diets, vitamins, supplements, and tricks to 'make you more fertile.' none are validated: at best they don't work and at worst, dangerous. That said: a healthy diet, limiting caffeine and alcohol, avoid tobacco, moderate exercise, and staying healthy all support natural fertility.

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Is possible to get a false positive 13 days after my IUI if I didn't take any fertility drugs?

Is possible to get a false positive 13 days after my IUI if I didn't take any fertility drugs?

See below: It's possible to have a "chemical" pregnancy where the pregnancy fails very early, but late enough to have a positive test. If your doc gave you any medications, particularly ones to induce egg release (lh drugs) they will give a false positive test.

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What fertility drugs can you take with ovarian cyst?

What fertility drugs can you take with ovarian cyst?

Depends...: The answer depends on the size of the cyst and other factors. You should discuss this with your Ob/Gyn or fertility specialist. Best wishes!

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My husband and I are trying to have a baby one last time. I am 41 years old. Is it anything I should be doing to prepare? Is there any medication I can take from the doctor that will increase fertility?

My husband and I are trying to have a baby one last time. I am 41 years old. Is it anything I should be doing to prepare? Is there any medication I can take from the doctor that will increase fertility?

The: The best answer is to see a reproductive endocrinologist (fertility specialist) to determine what your potential for getting pregnant is, or you may lose valuable time. Most women will be unable to get pregnant by the age of 45, but may start experiencing a lot of difficulty, even using fertility treatments, as early as age 42. Additionally, miscarriage rates rise for the same reason the risk of down's syndrome rises after 35...The eggs that are released (ovulated) are more prone to have chromosomal errors. As previously mentioned your reproductive potential can be assessed by performing 3 tests: day 3 fsh, amh & an antral follicle count on ultrasound. The important thing to mention is that while there may be age available statistics, those are just averages for your age group. Your chances may be better or worse based on these values and your history. Typically a normal value for fsh is 4-8. A value between 8-15 may indicated decreased ovarian function, and above 15 may predict significant problems getting pregnant. One test that is newer and shows a lot of promise is the amh value. A value less than 1.0 suggests compromised ovarian function and may suggest decreased responsiveness to medication. Often an amh value may pick up subtle ovarian dysfunction before the more traditional test, fsh. The information derived from the amh test can be used to influence what treatment is chosen for your particular circumstance. In a study we published at brown university, amh values less than 1.0 corresponded with less eggs retrieved during ivf (6 or less eggs). Finally, the antral follicle count involves counting the number of "developing eggs" (follicles) and can be used to estimate your ovarian function as well. A fertility specialist will also be able to evaluate and treat other factors that may decrease your chances of getting pregnant. In the interim it is always best to continue taking prenatal vitamins, limit caffeine intake to once daily, avoid cigarette smoke and eat healthy. Stephan krotz, M.D. Advanced fertility center of texas.

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Is it ok for a 19 year old girl weighing 180lbs to take some pills to help them lose weight? Does it affect your fertility?

Is it ok for a 19 year old girl weighing 180lbs to take some pills to help them lose weight? Does it affect your fertility?

PIlls to lose weight: No. It is not okay. Pills are dangerous. They do not lead to true and lasting weight loss. They are actually a crime against health, but they make their makers a lot of money. Weight loss is about changing your life. It is about limiting calories...Eating less sugars and more protein. It is about moving and being active with a type of exercise that burns the right calories...Those pesty sugars.