How Do Fertility Treatment Drugs Work?






VN:F [1.9.16_1159]
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

If you are looking to become pregnant and struggling, one way that you can improve your chances of conceiving is by taking infertility medication. There are many options to choose from and each has a different approach in which they help women with fertility issues.

It is best to discuss your options with your doctor so that you will understand the side effects that you can expect as well as the degree of success that can be expected. Below are some of the most popular options that are available to women who are struggling with fertility issues.

1. Bravelle

Bravelle is a popular injectable that stimulates the egg to grow and mature and improves the ability for a woman to ovulate. This drug can be administered under the skin and through a patented process and you will not need a partner to help with the injection.


2. Cetrotide

This drug has been shown to help with women who have issues with premature luteinizing hormone surges. It works by blocking GnRH and the action that it takes on the pituitary gland. This suppresses the action and the production of the luteinizing hormone and the follicle-stimulating hormone.

FSH – Follicle-Stimulating-Hormone-and LH

3. Clomid

Clomid is the most popular drug that doctors first prescribed to their patients when they are having trouble becoming pregnant. It is extremely effective at regulating the woman’s ovulation cycle and most women who began taking it become pregnant within the first three cycles.


4. Fertinex

This drug works similarly to Clomid in that it helps women who are having issues ovulating. It has been shown to help stimulate the ovaries and the follicles surrounding the ovaries. Women who have been struggling to become pregnant because of these issues have found it to be extremely helpful.


5. Follistim

This injection contains FSH, which has been shown to help both men and women and fertility issues that they may be having. For women it can help to stimulate the ovaries and encourage them to produce healthy eggs.


It is often used in combination with hCG, which can encourage the growth and release of a mature egg also known as ovulation. For men, this drug has been shown to help produce healthy sperm and is also used in combination with hCG most of the time.

6. Gonal-F

Gonal-F can help with fertility issues that women may be. It can help produce eggs by supplying the ovaries with FSH and can also be used in combination with hCG. However, it is not recommended if the woman’s ovaries are no longer producing eggs properly or if the woman has primary ovarian failure.


7. Humegon

This injection provides both FSH and LH. It is used to help stimulate the ovaries to create healthy eggs and in combination with hCG can help encourage the body ovulate. It is also not recommended for women who have primary ovarian failure.


8. Ovidrel

Ovidrel is often used to treat fertility problems in women and uses hCG to grow and release a mature egg. It is often used in combination with FSH and can help those eggs to be healthy when they are produced by the ovaries.


9. Pregnyl

This medication is often given after a woman completes a dosage of menotropins and encourages the body to release an egg or to ovulate. It has also been used to help young boys with issues that they may be having before they enter puberty.

womans-menstrual-cycle (2)

10. Prometrium

If you are having issues with your menstrual cycle, this drug can help get it back on track. It is sometimes given to women whose periods have stopped for several months and are looking to become pregnant. Unfortunately, this does not help women who are going through menopause.


11. Conclusion

If you are struggling to become pregnant, one of the first things that you may try is fertility drugs. There are many to choose from and you will need to discuss your options with your doctor.

Some of these drugs treat very specific issues and it may require learning what is causing your fertility issues before a drug can be prescribed. However, the drugs that are listed above are highly effective and there have been many instances where women have become pregnant after taking. Many are given before fertility treatments start in order to increase the chances of them becoming successful.

How Do Fertility Treatment Drugs Work?, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

Valerie Wisniewski, RN

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.