Find Out About Crinone for Fertility Treatments
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ivfprescriptions - September 17

Crinone is a brand name for the hormone progesterone, which is completely necessary in order for the body to support an embryo during its critical developmental phases, which is why it is used very often in IVF treatments and protocols. For those struggling with fertility, this drug can help to balance out the body’s deficits and allow a natural pregnancy to occur, or allow IVF medications to encourage conception to take place.

How Crinone Works in the Body

When an egg is fertilized and becomes an embryo its next stop is the fallopian tube through to the uterus where the embryo implants into the lining of the uterus. This is where Crinone is most needed as it creates the lining of the uterus to thicken and become nutrient rich. This supports the embryo’s growth, development, and helps to maintain the pregnancy. It is one of the more popular fertility medications offered for women going through IVF treatments.

From this the placenta will develop and in normally functioning women, it is what produces the progesterone needed to maintain the pregnancy. In some women, however, the placenta fails to do this and the environment is not sufficient to maintain the pregnancy. With Crinone, the support is brought into balance and there are more pregnancies that are possible, resulting in live births.

Crinone and Its Use with IVF Treatments

Many of the IVF meds and IVF drugs that are prescribed for use in assisted reproductive treatment can often lower, or interfere, with the progesterone production. This is also another reason patients may be prescribed Crinone as a supplement. The amount that you are prescribed will be determined by your doctor and your existing hormonal levels.

Crinone Side Effects and What to Expect

Crinone comes as a 8% gel that can be used throughout pregnancy if the doctor so suggests. Some of the side effects that women experience, but which often go away as the body acclimates itself, are constipation, diarrhea, breast tenderness, vaginal discomfort, lowered libido, bloating, cramps, drowsiness, joint pain, cramping, and headaches. Sometimes, due to the application being a gel there may be some discharge. This should not be accompanied with odor or burning/itching. Other more serious side effects this fertility medication could present, which would require you to contact your health care provider include swelling in the feet or hands, extreme mood swings, lips, or throat, rashes, swollen tongue, chest pain, slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, or a change in vision.

Crinone 8% Gel Experiences

Patient #1: A woman asks others about the side effects from Crinone and others responded that they had few to no side effects from this IVF drug, though the gummy feeling wasn’t exactly pleasant.

Patient #2: A woman wants to know if taking Crinone 8% Gel is safe after you are already pregnant. She is in her first trimester. Many responded stating that they had taken it during their first trimester, but that it depended on the dosage of the fertility medication as well.

Patient #3: A patient who is on her 5th IVF cycle suggests to another poster that when placing the Crinone that her doctor told her to walk around for a little. She assures the poster that it won’t fall out, though some discharge when going to the bathroom is normal.



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