How to Take Medication
If you decide to go ahead with treatment, follow these important tips:
- Always check the expiration date before using a medication.
- Keep fertility drugs away from extreme heat, cold, light, or moisture, as this can affect their potency. Always ask your doctor where and how the drug should be stored.
- If you miss a dose of medication, don't double up on the next dose unless your doctor says it's okay.
- If you're using an injected medication, ask the doctor or nurse to give you a demonstration of the proper injection technique. Some drugs can be injected just under the skin (via a subcutaneous injection), while others must be injected into a muscle (through an intramuscular injection).
- If you're receiving an intramuscular injection, have your partner use the upper, outer quadrant of your buttock to avoid irritating the sciatic nerve.
- To avoid discomfort, alternate sides of the buttocks each time you receive an injection. (For instance, use the right buttock, then the left one, etc.) If an injection site is tender and sore, avoid that area for several days.
- If you see any red streaks around an injection site, tell your doctor right away. You may have a localized inflammation.
- Also tell your doctor about any side effects you experience. Symptoms may range from nausea, breast tenderness, and dizziness to depression, "hot flashes," and enlarged ovaries.
Sources: The Fertility Sourcebook by M. Sara Rosenthal; The Couple's Guide to Fertility by Gary S. Berger, MD, Marc Goldstein, MD, and Mark Fuerst (Broadway Books, 2001); RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
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