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What medicine is safe to take during IVF treatment?

It’s important to be as healthy and fit as possible during fertility treatment, so my patients often ask if they come down with a cold, flu or infection what medicines can they take during an IVF cycle.

A number of very common medications we take for colds, flu or infections can interact with the drugs used throughout IVF treatment, making them less effective and possibly leading to poor egg quality. However, there are lots of medications that are absolutely fine.  Below are a few things to remember:

If it’s safe to take in pregnancy then it’s usually safe to taking during an IVF cycle.

If something is a “natural” remedy it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s ok and I would recommend having a chat to me about it. Chinese herbs should be avoided during an IVF cycle as there are so many different kinds it’s not possible to know whether they interact with your IVF medication.

It is completely fine to take Panadol or Panadeine.  However, Aspirin, Naprogesic and Nurofen should be avoided.

Most antibiotics are okay to take, and if you have a bad infection its always best to address it. Either your GP or I can prescribe you antibiotics that are safe to take.

The most important thing to remember is to ask if you’re unsure. I always encourage my patients to ask as many questions as they need to, and to always check in with me if they’re unsure about something.