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Hi Dr. Ramirez.  I am from the state of PA.  I unfortunately got hives from some cough medicine that I took over the weekend and started an eight-day tapering dose of prednisone today.  I started with a total dose of 60 mg for two days and so on.  I am expecting ovulation to occur in a few days and trying to conceive and was wondering if this will hinder ovulation or fertility in any way.  I know it can be problematic for those taking high doses for chronic conditions but was not sure about this situation of being on a short course.  Thank you for your time.



Hello Melodie from the U.S. (Pennsylvania),

The prednisone will not affect pregnancy.  In fact, it is used in patients that have recurrent pregancy loss, as well as, in IVF protocols.

I don't understand why you were given prednisone for a mild allergic reaction, however.  Bendadryl probably would have been enough or a similar anti-histamine.  Prednisone is a little over-kill.

Good Luck,

Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program

Monterey, California, U.S.A.

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Edward Joseph Ramirez, MD, FACOG


I am a specialist in infertility and advanced gynecological care. I can answer questions about infertility, gynecology related ills, menopause...virtually anything that affects women's health. PLEASE tell me where you are writing from as I am always interested.


I have been practicing as an Ob/Gyn and Infertility Specialist for over 23 years. Gynecology, advanced laparoscopic surgery, basic infertility, IUI's, IVF, reproductive surgery, and ovulation induction are all areas of my expertise. I am Board Certified. I have been doing In Vitro Fertilization in my clinic for 19 years.

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