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11 January 2017

Can Infertility Drugs cause premature Menopause

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Written by Dr Sunil Eshwar
Infertility treatment and drugs can be the reason of premature menopause. Infertility treatmnet can affect the chances of getting pregnant and can cause menopause

Infertility treatment and drugs can be the reason of premature menopause. Infertility treatmnet can affect the chances of getting pregnant and can cause menopause

Infertility treatments can cause premature menopause and that's the big price to pay off. While there aren’t any specific studies that say infertility treatment or fertility treatments and medications can be a vital reason behind premature menopause, but doctors believe there is a strong link between the two of them. Lifestyle changes of every woman, infertility treatment or fertility treatment due to late marriage, wrong eating habits or fast food habits and a lot of other affecting factors related to lifestyle contribute towards premature menopause, However, infertility treatment or fertility treatments and medications can cause early menopause and make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant. This may vastly affect your chances of getting pregnant so before going for the infertility treatment clearly ask your specialist that if it may affect your chances of getting pregnant. 

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Infertility treatment drugs and medications affect menopause: Infertility treatment medications or drugs are given during IVF treatment and the treatments of fertility definitely lead to a lot of hormonal disturbances in the body, but above all, it also stimulates the ovary to ovulate and produce more egg to conceive fast. But remember, your ovaries have limited supply of eggs and they exhaust them over a period of every month that you call menstruation. That is when women start to experience some basic symptoms of menopause or attain premature menopause at the age when menopause need not occur. This may vastly affect your chances of getting pregnant so before going for the infertility treatment clearly ask your specialist that if it may affect your chances of getting pregnant. 

On the big scale, it is believed that a woman reaches menopause around the age of 50 years, and she is ought to be premenopausal between 42 to 47 years of age. However, with a sedentary lifestyle, the influence of medications and drugs used during the IVF treatment (IVF), smoking, drinking this scenario is changing rapidly. So, if your ovary/ovaries are subjected to abuse and are depleted of its natural egg reserve, then it is impossible that you might suffer from premature menopause.This may vastly affect your chances of getting pregnant so before going for the infertility treatment clearly ask your specialist that if it may affect your chances of getting pregnant. 

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When should you worry: 

1. If your periods have stopped before the age of 40 years and you have still not conceived despite being on IVF drugs and treatments, talk to your doctor about it as soon as possible.

2. If you're experiencing symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood changes, and decreased sex drive over the time. These indicate that your hormones are taking a dip over time and decreasing the chances of getting pregnant.

What you should do:

1. Speak to your IVF doctor and find out how to tackle the problems you are facing. You should talk to your IVF doctor right at the beginning to get everything clear of how many cycles you can undergo while the treatment and what will the implications be on your health.

2. If IVF treatments don’t show results, don’t get disheartened and adopt a child if you so wish to be a mother.

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