Fact or fiction? Experts share which fertility medicine can help you get pregnant faster
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD writes:
For many women who have had significant difficulty conceiving, fertility medicine remains the primary treatment for diagnosed ovulation problems. Some of these medicines are taken orally, while others are injected. The basic idea behind these medicines is that they either cause or regulate ovulation. Receive 20 Free Pregnancy Tests
Fertility medicine is often used in conjunction with other techniques to assist in reproduction. The names and uses of these fertility medicines can be very confusing, but they fall into two general categories- Clomid (sold under other brand names) and injectable hormones. The following gives an outline of the two fertility medicines to help make them a little less confusing.
Fertility Meds #1 - Clomid (Serophene) – Clomid is one of the most commonly prescribed fertility medicines. The medication has been used for more than twenty years, and is usually prescribed for women who are not ovulating normally. The medication is what is known as an anti-estrogen drug, which causes the release of hormones that stimulate the ovaries causing the production of eggs.
Clomid is commonly used with other techniques. Most doctors will prescribe the medication for about six months, and if you haven’t gotten pregnant they will then try a different fertility medicine. Clomid helps about fifty percent of the women it is used on to become pregnant within three to five fertility cycles. There are some side effects associated with Clomid, usually hot flashes, blurred vision, nausea, feeling bloated, and headaches. Like most fertility drugs, use of Clomid can lead to an increased risk of twins or more although the risk is lower with Clomid than with other fertility medicines.
Fertility Meds #2 - Injectable Hormones- Injectable hormones are available under a number of different names including Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (Pregnyl, Novarel, Ovidrel, Profasi), Follicle Stimulating Hormone (Follistim, Fertinex, Bravelle, Gonal-F), Human Menopausal Gonadotropin (Pergonal, Repronex, Metrodin), Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (Factrel, Lutrepulse), Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Agonist (Lupron, Zoladex, Synarel), and Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Antagonist (Antagon, Cetrotide).
Did you know? - All of these fertility medicines are used to either stimulate or regulate ovulation to treat infertility problems. This fertility medicine is injected in different doses. Of women who respond to the drug, about half are able to get pregnant. The side effects of injectable hormones vary in intensity, but include tenderness, swelling or bruising at the injection site, and emotional symptoms. There is an increased risk of multiple pregnancy with injectable hormones as well.
The use of fertility medicine to aid in conception is primarily used for women who have a documented history of difficulty becoming pregnant. With all fertility medicine, there are a number of side effects that you can experience, ranging from mild to severe. You should discuss carefully with your doctor what you can expect to experience when using these medicines.
Remember that all fertility medicines increase the chances of multiple births, which increase the risk factor of the pregnancy for both mother and baby. Often, fertility medicine is used with other reproductive assistance methods, such as in-vitro fertilization. Finding the right combination of treatments to help you get pregnant can be a slow process, but remain hopeful that you and your doctor will be able to find the right fertility medicine for you.
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