What We Know About Botox and IVF
When you’re undergoing fertility treatments, you want to do everything possible to ensure a successful outcome, from eating the best fertility diet to considering the other procedures and medications in your daily life that may affect your success.
You may be wondering about Botox and IVF, what happens if you have Botox and then get pregnant, or how long you have to wait after using Botox before you can get pregnant.
Botox may seem like more of a cosmetic at first glance, so it may not register as a drug that could affect your chances of getting pregnant.
There are differing opinions when it comes to Botox and fertility. Some doctors state that the localized effects and lack of any obvious issues deem it safe to inject.
Fertility specialist Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh states, “Botox doesn’t hurt your fertility. It’s very localized in your skin and doesn’t spread systemically. If you happen to do Botox and didn’t know you were pregnant, it’s not going to hurt your pregnancy.”
Dr. Whitney Bowe agrees that Botox is relatively safe, but also advises caution around conception. “Botox gets absorbed within hours of the procedure, so technically if you were to conceive the night of your Botox injection, there’s no risk.”
But Dr. Bowe goes on. “That being said, most people who are conceiving naturally are not sure exactly when they are ovulating, so if someone is actively trying to get pregnant, I would not inject them, just to err on the side of safety.”
Other professionals think there is not enough research to determine safety at this time. And many cite possible reactions to injections and possible side effects as enough reason to wait until after pregnancy, birth and nursing to use Botox.
Dr. Sonia Batra doesn’t think that it’s safe during pregnancy due to a lack of studies. “This puts facial fillers like Botox in “category C,” – they haven’t been known to cause any harm, but there are no studies to prove they are safe.”
Columbia University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology seems to fall in the middle on the subject, stating that Botox use is safe if undergoing certain fertility treatments, but not others.
“There are limited studies looking at Botox treatment prior to pregnancy. If you are undergoing fertility preservation treatments such as egg freezing or embryo freezing, it is safe to receive Botox during your cycle. If you are planning for an embryo transfer or intrauterine insemination (IUI), it would be better to avoid Botox treatment.”
Does Botox Affect Egg Quality?
Another looming question is whether Botox will affect the quality of eggs if you’re using it during ovulation or conception. Columbia University seems to suggest that it is safe, and there is no evidence at this time that suggests Botox affects egg quality, but there haven’t been enough conclusive studies.
What is Botox?
Botulinum Toxin Type A, known as Botox, is a powerful neurotoxin created from purified bacteria. It works by paralyzing the skin where it is injected, and the effects usually last several months.
The Risks of Botox
Botox has been found to be a relatively safe drug, but it can cause reactions in some people. Botox has been found to cause weakness in the facial muscles where it has been injected. Side effects of using Botox include flu-like symptoms, nausea, pain, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and allergic reactions.
The effects of Botox on pregnancy and nursing are not yet fully known, and more studies are needed before Botox can be considered safe for pregnant or nursing mothers.
Bottom Line: Hold Off Until We Know More
The gist of these differing opinions is that there have not yet been enough studies to determine whether Botox is truly safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, or if it affects male fertility. Most doctors are erring on the side of caution and advising patients to wait.
Another Note: Beware of Counterfeit Botox
There is a growing industry of counterfeit drugs like Botox, which are made with inferior ingredients and can be very dangerous.
Make sure you are using a reputable doctor and confirm that the drugs are from a reputable pharmaceutical company before proceeding with your treatments.
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