Many stimulation protocols start with the doctor’s recommendation to take contraceptives. Typically, contraceptives are taken for 2-4 weeks before the actual stimulation. Contraceptive pills allow to still hormone production and plan the cycle.

The side effects of the medications may include: mid-cycle spotting/bleeding, headache, migraine attacks, breast tenderness, nausea, vomiting, intestinal disorders, metabolic disorders, skin lesions, depression, hypertension, eye pain when using contact lens. In exceptional cases, thromboembolic changes, hormone-dependent neoplasms or hepatic diseases may occur.

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Published: 3 November 2015 Updated: 3 April 2017