Menogon Side Effects

By Norma Chew

Menogon is a purified combination of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) extracted from the urine of post menopausal women. Menogon is administered as an intramuscular or a subcutaneous injection to treat infertility, to induce ovulation and enable pregnancy in women. It may also be used to stimulate the production of sperm in certain forms of male infertility. It's best to know the function and side effects of Menogon before taking it.

Menogon is a purified combination of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) extracted from the urine of post menopausal women. Menogon is administered as an intramuscular or a subcutaneous injection to treat infertility, to induce ovulation and enable pregnancy in women. It may also be used to stimulate the production of sperm in certain forms of male infertility. It’s best to know the function and side effects of Menogon before taking it.

Function

Menogon is used to treat women with infertility problems due to under-active pituitary glands. Menogon contains the hormones FSH and LH that are normally produced by the pituitary gland. Menogon works by stimulating the ovaries to produce eggs. Another hormone called human chronic gonadotropin (hCG) is usually given with Menogan to ensure ovulation will occur at the expected time. Menogon is available by prescription only.

Side Effects in Women

These side effects may include the common symptoms of headache, coughing and sneezing or mild nausea along with a stuffy or runny nose. There may also be mild bloating and stomach or pelvic pain, a rash at the injection site or mood changes. Contact your doctor for advice if any of these symptoms should occur.

Other Side Effects in Women

Less common symptoms may include indigestion, severe stomach and abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting with severe bloating and severe pelvic pain. In addition there may a decrease in urinary output, severe diarrhea and rapid weight gain along with shortness of breath or swelling of the lower legs. Seek immediate medical advice if any of these symptoms occur.

Additional Side Effects in Women

These additional symptoms may include chills, fever and muscular aches and pains or joint pains along with breast tenderness, rapid heart beat and fast breathing. Other symptoms may be mild to moderate enlargement of the ovary or an ovarian cyst. Seek medical advice if any of these symptoms occur.

Side Effects in Men

Common side effects in men may include loss of appetite, headache and dizziness or fainting. In addition there may be nose bleeds, shortness of breath and irregular heart beat. A less common side effect may be breast enlargement. Seek medical advice and care if any of these symptoms should occur.

Allergic Reaction

An allergic reaction is a serious medical emergency. These symptoms may include a rash or hives with itching, swelling of the face or mouth and tongue or throat. In addition there may be shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Seek immediate emergency medical care if you experience any of these symptoms.

Warning

Discuss your medical history with your doctor before taking Menogon. Discuss any medications you may be taking and any allergies you may have. Do not take Menogon if you are allergic to it, if you are pregnant or having abnormal vaginal bleeding. Menogon should not be taken if you have a tumor of the uterus, cervix or vagina. Menogon should not be taken if you have an ovarian cyst, a tumor of the breast, ovaries or fallopian tubes.

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About the Author

Norma Chew is a retired registered nurse who has been a freelance writer since 1978. Chew's articles have appeared in the "Journal of the Association of Operating Room Nurses" (AORN), "Point of View Magazine" and "Today's OR Nurse." Chew has a master's degree in health care administration from Nova Southeastern University.

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