IVF: Normal Side Effects After Progesterone Injections
In vitro fertilization (IVF) involves different stages including ovarian stimulation to produce eggs, egg harvesting, sperm retrieval, fertilization, and embryo transfer. Each of these stages involves different processes and medications including getting progesterone injections after egg retrieval, just before embryo transfer is done. What Is Progesterone Used for in IVF? In IVF, progesterone is used to prepare the uterine lining (endometrium) to allow the implantation of the fertilized egg (embryo). During the IVF cycle, some of the medication given as well as the egg retrieval process can affect the natural production of progesterone in the ovaries. Progesterone supplementation is therefore required to regulate the hormone levels. Progesterone supplementation in IVF can be taken: • Intramuscularly in form of progesterone in oil injections (PIO shots) given in the butt cheeks, thighs, or hips. • Vaginally in form of vaginal tablets, suppositories, or gel. What Are the Side Effects of Progesterone Intramuscular Injections? Progesterone oil injection side effects include: • Pain or swelling at the site where the progesterone shots are given. • Acne • Abdominal pain • Bloating • Breast tenderness • Dizziness • Headache • Drowsiness • An increase in facial or body hair • Weight loss or weight gain • Nausea • Hair thinning or loss of scalp hair • Joint pain • Hot flashes • Anxiety What Are the Side Effects of Progesterone Suppositories? The most common progesterone suppository side effects include: • Cramping or abdominal pain • Vaginal discharge • Vaginal discomfort • Breast tenderness • Bloating • Fluid retention and swelling • Irritability • Mood swings • Nausea • Vomiting It is important to remember that people are different and will have different side effects to the intramuscular injections of progesterone in oil or the progesterone vaginal suppositories. Regardless of how you take your progesterone for IVF, contact your doctor if your side effects persist or worsen over time.
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How Many IVF Cycles Are Needed to Get Pregnant
If you are considering IVF, it will be good to know how many IVF transfers you may need before successfully conceiving. The IVF success rate per cycle depends on a number of factors, including your age and general health and wellbeing. Does IVF work the first time and what is the success rate after the first attempt? Read on to discover the answers to these questions and more. What Is an IVF Cycle? An IVF cycle includes the following steps: Mature eggs are retrieved from your ovaries.These eggs are fertilized by sperm in a lab. The fertilized egg (or eggs) are transferred to your uterus. One IVF cycle takes about three weeks. How Many Cycles of IVF is Normal to Get Pregnant? There is a higher rate of success after the 3rd IVF cycle, with the chances of pregnancy being 45-53%. The chance of pregnancy decreases as you age. The highest IVF success rates are in women under the age of 35. The success rate falls sharply after the age of 42. What is the Success Rate of IVF on the First Try? If you are wondering if IVF works the first time, you may be interested to hear that one in three women conceive, so there is a 33% success rate after the first attempt. The great news is that the success rate rises to 45-53% at the 3rd cycle, and to 54-77% by the 8th cycle. Conclusion: How Many IVF Cycles Should You Plan For? Statistically speaking, the highest percentage of women conceive after the third round of IVF treatment. So, you should plan for an average of three IVF cycles.
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Heavy Implantation Bleeding After IVF: Are You Still Pregnant?
Unfortunately, like with any medical procedure, there can be complications after IVF implantation. Bleeding is often cause for alarm because it is one of the first signs of a miscarriage. If you start bleeding heavily after your IVF transfer, seek medical attention. However, spotting after an IVF transfer may be a sign that the procedure has taken. So how do you know the difference? Is It Normal to Get Heavy Implantation Bleeding? No, heavy bleeding after an IVF transfer is not normal. Implantation bleeding is normal and so is spotting 8 days after an IVF transfer, but bleeding should not be heavy. Light pink or rust-colored spotting is no cause for alarm. Other Causes for Heavy Implantation Bleeding Implantation bleeding is light bleeding that may occur after IVF when the fertilized egg implants in your uterine lining. If you experience heavy bleeding, it could be a symptom of the following: Bleeding disorders like Hemophilia, von Willebrand diseaseCervical infection or sexually transmitted infectionEctopic pregnancy, which happens when the fertilized egg implants itself outside the uterusUterine cancer, although rare, can cause symptoms similar to implantation bleedingUterine fibroids are noncancerous uterine growths that can cause bleedingUterine polyps may bleed due to hormonal changes Conclusion: When Should You See a Doctor? Light implantation bleeding after an IVF is normal and can be one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Seek medical attention if you have gone through the steps of the IVF timeline and you are experiencing heavy bleeding, dark red blood, or clotting. Heavy bleeding on day 10 or 11 after an embryo transfer isn’t normal and may be a symptom of an underlying issue, so make an appointment with your healthcare provider.
Asked 2 years ago
Trying to Conceive: Is Having Sex Everyday Bad?
When trying to conceive you might think it is a good idea to have sex every day in order to increase your chances. Is this a good idea? The short answer is that it is difficult to determine how much sex is too much, and how much is just enough to get pregnant. There are ways to increase your chances of conceiving, such as having sex during ovulation, which may be more manageable than having intercourse every day. Is Having Sex Everyday Bad When Trying to Conceive? Yes, it can be. Studies have shown deduced that sex during the implantation window could cause complications with how the embryo embeds itself into the endometrial lining. This suggests that sex during this time can prevent implantation. It is also suggested that frequent ejaculation can cause lowered sperm counts in men. These avenues are under-researched, however, but perhaps still beneficial to keep in mind. How Should You Have Sex for Conception? If done during the fertile window, however, having sex multiple times a day can be beneficial. Ejaculating twice or more introduces a lot of sperm into the vaginal canal. The sperm can survive for many days, thus increasing the chances of conception. If you do not want to have sex multiple times a day, you can track your fertility window to increase your chances of getting pregnant. If you track the phases of your menstrual cycle well, you should be able to identify the middle (provided it is regular). This is the day you ovulate, and along with the five days leading to it, is your fertile window. Capitalize on this window and the longevity of sperm if you are trying to conceive. Conclusion Whether you have sex every day, every other day, or only during your fertile period is entirely up to your preferences and understanding of your body. It is advised to see a medical professional if you suspect you have any fertility issues, or you are wanting to do more extensive family planning.
Asked 2 years ago
How Soon After Sex Can You Get Pregnant?
Pregnancy does not happen immediately after you have sex, as various processes have to occur before that moment. If you haven't ovulated yet, sperm can survive in your body for up to five days. After that, there is fertilization that occurs, followed by implantation. All of these processes can lead to a bit of a wait. Are You Pregnant From the Day You Conceive? The moment that you conceive is not the same moment that you are considered pregnant. Conception refers to the moment that the sperm enters the egg. As to how long conception takes: it can be as short as a couple of minutes, or as long as five days. After the egg is fertilized, it must undergo another process called implantation. The embryo will attach itself to the lining of the uterus. This process can occur up to a week after conception. How Soon After Sex Do You Get Pregnant? At the stage of implantation, you are considered officially pregnant. If you take into account the days before you may ovulate the entire process can take around two weeks, depending on the woman. How Do You Know When Conception Happens? Sperm are microscopically small, and as such you certainly won't feel that the sperm has entered the egg. There are other indicators to look out for, however. Cramps or bleeding This is due to implantation occurring. The "burrowing" of the embryo can lead to bleeding, and cramps similarly to a period. Mood swings The hormones in your body at this stage will cause your mood to fluctuate. Again, much like it does on your period. Breast tenderness This is another result of fluctuating hormones. Conclusion It depends heavily on your body as to how soon you can get pregnant. Everybody is different, and the results will vary depending on how long ovulation, fertilization, and implantation take. Pregnancy tests are quite reliable, so if you are desperate to know if you are pregnant they are an easy solution.
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