Originally Posted by Kim Peach
Hi - am I the only person to have concerns about the possible side effects of using infertility drugs on the health of the baby and/or cancer scares for want to be Moms?
I feel as though my desire to have my own children is heavily out weighed by this sense that I'm risking so much more. Am I alone in thinking this? I've read so many posts on this forum of courageous women battling through IVF, perhaps I'm not there yet in taking that leap into the unknown.
How does anyone reach that decision?
I am not sure that most fertility drugs would be able to really affect the resulting baby all that much. For the most part, they are hormonal meds...The trigger shot is just HcG, which is the pregnancy hormone anyway, and is exactly what your body produces to induce ovulation anyway. PIO shots are progesterone, which your body produces after conception anyway. And, until implantation there is no real transfer of substances between mother and embryo. I could see how something like Clomid might affect the individual cell/egg released, but really, I would think on that small of a level, if there was some way for the meds to damage the individual cell, the cell likely wouldn't survive to conception anyway, I wouldn't think.
Ultimately, I was not worried at all when I did the IVF that resulted in DD2.
ETA: Different REs and different protocols use different meds and I am not up on all of them at all. What an individual person might use for their meds, is probably going to be different from someone else, based on what it is that calls for the treatments in the first place, as well as their RE and also what might be affordable/paid for by INS.