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Battling the Bugs: Managing Cold and Flu During IVF and Post Embryo Transfer

| 08 Jun 2023 | 3113 Views |


What’s worse than a nasty cold or flu bug when you’re in the middle of your In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) journey? It’s a difficult predicament, isn’t it? On the one hand, you have your health to consider, and on the other, there’s the anxiety that illness might interfere with your pregnancy prospects. Not to mention the complications of figuring out which medications are safe to take! Fear not! Here at India IVF Fertility, we are experts in guiding patients through these challenging circumstances. Let’s delve into this hot soup and figure it out together!

Weathering the Storm: Understanding Cold and Flu During IVF

When you’re in the throes of an IVF cycle, it might feel like life should come to a standstill. Yet, the world doesn’t stop, and unfortunately, neither do seasonal illnesses. So, what does one do if they catch a cold or flu during IVF or after embryo transfer? Is it a cause for concern? And if so, what are the safe remedies?

Here’s the good news – catching a cold or the flu during your IVF cycle or after an embryo transfer isn’t typically a cause for alarm. The IVF process is designed to be robust, and your body is a mighty fortress capable of handling these illnesses while carrying out the intricate dance of conception. But it’s not all a bed of roses – there are some important considerations to bear in mind:

  • Understanding the Illness: Cold and flu are viral infections and have no direct impact on the embryo or the IVF process. But a high fever could potentially affect implantation post embryo transfer, so it’s crucial to keep a watchful eye.
  • Keeping Hydrated: Hydration is key to recovery. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to help your body fight off the infection.
  • Rest: Give your body a fighting chance. Rest helps restore your body and bolsters your immune system.

Also Read: 13 Days After Embryo Transfer No Symptoms

Medicate Mindfully: Paracetamol and Ibuprofen During IVF

But what about medication?” you might ask. That’s a fine question! During an IVF cycle or after an embryo transfer, it’s critical to understand what’s safe to take for cold or flu symptoms. This is where paracetamol and ibuprofen, two common over-the-counter medicines, come into play.

Paracetamol During IVF

Paracetamol is generally considered safe to take during IVF treatment. It’s a versatile drug that can reduce fever, relieve pain, and ease the discomfort of cold and flu symptoms. However, as with all medications during this delicate time, it’s best to take paracetamol only under the advice of your doctor.

Ibuprofen During IVF

Ibuprofen, on the other hand, is a bit of a different kettle of fish. While it’s an effective pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, some studies suggest that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, might affect the implantation process. Hence, it’s recommended to avoid it during IVF and especially after embryo transfer.

Always remember, your health and safety are of paramount importance. Don’t shy away from seeking medical advice if you’re feeling under the weather during your IVF journey. Your doctor can provide tailored advice to ensure the best possible outcome.


Navigating a cold or flu during IVF treatment and post embryo transfer can feel like sailing in a storm. But remember, it’s just a bump in the road and doesn’t mean your IVF journey has come to a halt. Just remember to weather the storm, medicate mindfully, and keep in close contact with your doctor. At India IVF Fertility, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Remember, every cloud has a silver lining, and this too shall pass!


Yes, you can continue with your IVF treatment. However, it's important to notify your doctor about your condition and follow their advice to ensure the best outcomes.

The common cold or flu does not directly affect the embryo. But high fever might potentially interfere with implantation, so it's crucial to manage your symptoms effectively.

Yes, paracetamol is generally considered safe during IVF treatment. However, always consult with your doctor before taking any medication.

Ibuprofen belongs to a group of drugs called NSAIDs, which may affect the implantation process. It's generally recommended to avoid these drugs during IVF and especially after embryo transfer.

If you develop a fever after embryo transfer, reach out to your doctor immediately. They can guide you on the best course of action.

Some medications could potentially affect your chances of success. It's crucial to consult your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication during your IVF journey.

Maintaining a healthy diet, staying hydrated, getting adequate rest, and reducing stress can help boost your immune system during IVF treatment.

Regular hand washing, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of catching a cold or flu.

About The Author
Dr. Richika Sahay

MBBS (Gold Medalist), DNB (Obst & Gyne), MNAMS, MRCOG (London-UK), Fellow IVF, Fellow MAS, Infertility (IVF) Specialist & Gynae Laparoscopic surgeon,[Ex AIIMS & Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi]. Read more

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