Pills to Help Get Pregnant

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When you have tried for several months to get pregnant on your own, naturally, you might start to worry about things and begin to wonder when your pregnancy will occur. If things don’t occur on their own, there are a few things that you can do to help boost your fertility. Most commonly, these things come in the form of pills to help you get pregnant.

So, when should you see a doctor to see about getting fertility pills? Most experts recommend that you try for one year to get pregnant on your own if you are under 35. If you are 35 or older, doctors recommend that you see them if you have tried for six months to get pregnant on your own with no success.

1. Clomid

Clomid is one of the most commonly prescribed fertility drugs on the market today. It has been used to help women ovulate for more than 30 years. It’s usually very well received by the women who take it, and works in the large majority of cases.

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Clomid also has very minimal side effects. In fact, most of Clomid’s most common side effects are things like tender breasts, cramping, headaches, nausea and fatigue, which also mimic the symptoms of pregnancy.

Most of the time, women report these side effects to be very mild, and nothing that they are unable to deal with. Women are encouraged to stay on Clomid for up to six cycles. Clomid is also very simple to take. It is an oral medication, taken by mouth once per day.

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Usually it is only taken for five days in a row. Doctors determine which day a woman should start Clomid, but usually, it is started on the second, third, fourth, or fifth days of a woman’s; period. It is a very successful drug that is helpful for women who are having trouble ovulating.

2. Metformin

Metformin is the other prescription drug that is sometimes used for women to help them get pregnant. Unlike Clomid, which is developed solely for helping women ovulate, Metformin is used for another purpose altogether. Metformin is actually a drug used for diabetics who have problems with insulin resistance.

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However, it has found much success being used for an “off label” purpose of treating women who have PCOS and have trouble ovulating because of insulin resistance. Women with PCOS often have high levels of androgens, or male hormones in the body. This can lead to problems with the female hormones and can make it hard for a woman to ovulate.

Luckily, Metformin can help with the insulin resistance problems that cause the androgens to be produced in the first place. This is great and really helps a lot of women who have PCOS get their ovulation back on track. Your doctor can give you more information about whether or not you are a candidate for Metformin or Clomid treatments.

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.