For those of you who are trying to conceive and are wary of antibiotic therapy, we understand your predicament entirely. Excessive use of antibiotics has been proven to be unhealthy and can make it difficult for your body to fight off infections. Consequently, we must understand when it is appropriate to use antibiotics to fight off sickness and when you need to let your body heal itself.
Antibiotics should only be used to kill or slow the growth of bacteria. They should not be used to treat viruses such as the common cold, flu, chicken pox, mono or bronchitis. If you are using antibiotics to treat a virus, you are only teaching your body to depend on drugs that will not heal you as effectively or consistently as your body’s natural immunity.
Although women with a history of previous pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and/or adnexal adhesions are at a greater risk of complications from TVEC, the transfer of an embryo to the uterus is much more likely to cause infection. Embryo replacement requires breaching the cervical mucus barrier, which can infect the uterus with bacteria from the lower genital tract.
At CNY Fertility Center we want to give you the best odds possible for conception and a successful cycle so we do encourage antibiotic therapy with IVF treatment when appropriate. If you have any questions regarding antibiotic therapy please discuss it with your nurse or physician during your next appointment or call our office today.
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