Over the counter drugs and fertility

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You are actively trying to get pregnant. You are also actively battling a runny nose, chest congestion, temperature, blocked sinuses or any other combination of winter time cold symptoms. Maybe even the flu. As you stand in the pharmacy among the vast array of the over the counter remedies, what can you take that won’t impact your fertility?

Thankfully, few OTCs have the punch the knock out your pregnancy dreams. The exceptions are ibuprofen, naprosyn and similar anti-inflammatories. These drugs can impact the release of the egg from the ovary if taken in high enough doses.

There is even one OTC which is given to encourage fertility: guaifenesin, a cough suppressant. Doctors will even prescribe this drug if they suspect infertility is based on excessively thick cervical mucous. Not surprisingly, the function of guaifenesin is to thin out mucous - of all types.

Once you get pregnant, however, talk to your doctor about all your meds, including the OTCs. There are some that can effect the developing fetus. There was a time when researchers believed the first two weeks after conception were not at-risk times for the developing pregnancy. The March of Dimes has debunked that myth and now the entire first trimester is considered an especially sensitive time for a developing new life.

If you suspect you may be pregnant and are feeling like you are suffering the winter cold, try taking showers and baths to cool your temperature, salty or lemon based gargles for a sore throat, saline nasal sprays and humidifiers for nasal congestion. Also, homeopathic medications are available at most health stores and are generally safe for pregnancies - as always ask for help from a pharmacist or your doctor.

Remember too that morning sickness can feel like the flu! You may not be sick at all.

Source: HormonalForecaster


 
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