For the past year I have been struggling with unexplained
Patient :For the past year I have been struggling with unexplained secondary infertility. I am prone to depression and anxiety and this problem made it much worse. After a number of failed IUIs I had a nervous breakdown and was prescribed valium for occasional "as needed" use, which helped me function and not just cry and worry all day. I am now going through IVF and I am literally a nervous wreck. Since I was told I could take valium until the day of transfer, I took it at particularily stressful moments and when I could not sleep. The cycle was not going so well there were various problems such as slow follicle grow, poor uterine lining etc. I would not have been able to go through this if I did not take 10 mg vallium every now and then. My embryo transfer is scheduled for tomorrow and I do not plan to take vallium anymore until the pregnancy test. HOWEVER I now read that vallium has this very long half life (up to 200 hours for people who took it regularily for some time). So I am now freaking out that the valium I took during this cycle will harm my baby in case I get pregnant. I had my last pill yesterday and will not take any more. Did I put my potential child at risk?
P.S I have some good embryos so I am hopeful
Thanks for the query.
There is some possibility that the drug you have taken can harm the embryo and the later development of the child. We cannot exclude the risk since these drugs can have some implications on the embryo. Studies in mice have shown that it does affect the embryo and can cause brain developmental disorders when taken just before conception. Risk must be overweighed against benefits. It is recommended that you can take a second opinion regarding this.
You can discontinue the drug now ans go for freezing of the embryos and try to conceive after 2 cycles. In case you want to continue the embryo transfer in this cycle, you will need to anticipate the side effects it can have in the fetus and going for regular scans like NT scan and early anomaly scans. In case of any defects you can terminate the pregnancy. However, developmental delays can only be made out after birth and when milestones are achieved. There is a risk associated.
Kindly take a second opinion.
Hope this helped.
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