Fertility Drugs Pros and Cons

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 For some, trying to have a baby does not come easy. Thousands of couples find that they are in need of medical assistance if they are to have children and are left looking at taking fertility drugs. As with any drug, fertility drugs come with a long list of potential side effects that must be taken into consideration before embarking this journey.

1. What do I need to know about fertility drugs?

The thought of fertility drugs is often met with fear and apprehension. However, many times, these drugs are used simply to predict when a woman will ovulate. Since a woman only has a small chance of getting pregnant each month and her ovulation window is extremely small, it becomes critical to have intercourse at the proper time each month in order to conceive.

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With this in mind, some fertility drugs help regulate a woman’s ovulation schedule and help her know when to have intercourse. Another option that fertility drugs have is to increase the number of eggs that a woman’s body produces. This gives her a better chance of getting pregnant, since typically a woman only produces one egg each month.

2. What drugs are usually suggested?

There are many types of fertility drugs, each of which is administered differently and produce different results. For example, Clomid is usually the number one drug when it comes time for doctors to prescribe a fertility drug. This drug helps produce more eggs and can regulate a woman’s ovulation schedule at the same time.

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Other common drugs like Gonal-F and Fertinix help mimic the effects of FSH. This process actually helps the body produce eggs that are mature and ready to be fertilized. Drugs like Novarel copy LH, which is responsible for starting ovulation each month.

3. Pros

Probably the most important thing about fertility drugs is that they work. With Clomid, most women get pregnant within the first three cycles. Women who are not successful with Clomid and are forced to take part in further fertility treatments have been shown to have a 90% chance of getting pregnant within 18 months. With these fantastic numbers, it is hard to argue with the effectiveness of fertility drugs.

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4. Cons

However, there are some downsides to fertility drugs as well. For example, women who take fertility drugs are more likely to have a multiple baby birth. While many women would welcome this with open arms, some women prefer to only have one baby at a time.

This also creates more chances for early labor, birth defects and pregnancy complications as well, however. Another issue with fertility drugs is that they are rather expensive.

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Many women are unable to afford much more than the basic fertility drugs and many insurances will not cover them. If you are in this situation, you may want to talk your options over with your doctor because there are some natural supplements that you can try as well.

Some women also find issue with the fact that many of the fertility drugs, other than Clomid, require injections. These injections are usually given once a month, but if your fertility issues last for a while this process can quickly become uncomfortable.

5. Side Effects

Some women have also experienced some difficult side effects when taking fertility drugs, namely mood swings. It is a good idea to be monitored regularly throughout this process and to rely on friends and family to help you control these issues.

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When you are giving yourself large amounts of hormones, it is natural for your body to react to them and cause you to become emotional and cause physical issues as well. Weight gain has also been reported as an issue with women who are taking fertility drugs.

You should try and eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly while you are trying to conceive using fertility drugs. This may help alleviate some of the weight gain issues that you may see. It may be helpful if you work out with your partner or a friend in order to keep you motivated.

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6. Conclusion

When you are trying to get pregnant, you may need to consider fertility drugs. If you find yourself travelling down this road, you should research everything that you can in regard to the drugs that your doctor is suggesting and be sure to ask your doctor as many questions as you can. Feel free to have him lay out your pros, cons and risk factors for you so that you know what you need to be prepared for.

Dr. Lynette Weiss, MD

Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.