Fertility treatment: Your Options at A Glance

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Fertility drugs are often the first thing that women turn to when they are struggling to get pregnant. There are many different brands and types of these drugs and it is best to know more about them before making a choice as to which one is best for you.

If you are deciding to undergo fertility treatments, certain drugs will be prescribed in relation to these treatments. Your doctor will be able to provide you with the information that you need to make the best decision for your own condition.

However, it is a good idea to have an idea as to the difference between the fertility drugs that are being offered for you to consider. Below are some information regarding the best fertility drugs, which you can use to help make the choice when you are being presented with one.

1. Clomid

Clomid is the most popular starter fertility drug and it is the one that most patients will use first. It is one of the few that can be taken orally and is usually prescribed to women who are having problems ovulating regularly.

If your body is not ovulating, you will not be able to get pregnant. Women who are having trouble ovulating, most often are able to begin ovulating regularly and often become pregnant within the first three cycles when they begin taking Clomid.

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Doctors will initially prescribe a 50 mg dosage that is taken for five days. Ovulation begins, for most women, about 11 days after beginning the drug. You can find if you are ovulating by tracking your temperature using a basal thermometer or by using ovulation prediction kits.

Both these methods are reliable, but they take some dedication. If you do find that you are not ovulating after three cycles, it is likely that your doctor will increase your dosage or move on to a different drug.

21 Injectable Fertility Drugs

Usually the next step that doctors will take is prescribing an injectable fertility drug. These drugs are more potent and some require special monitoring for certain types of side effects.

Injectable drugs are pictured inside an injection room at a hospital in Shanghai

The patient usually injects these prescriptions at home, but some women may feel more comfortable allowing their doctor to inject them with the drugs. Below are some of the best injectable fertility drugs that are available.

3. HCG

Women who take HCG for fertility issues are doing so in the hopes that their body will produce a healthy egg. They have also found that ovulation is easier to monitor because it is more regulated and they ovulated regularly while on this prescription. Men who are having issues with fertility can also take this drug because it has the potential to increase sperm count.

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It is important to watch out for any side effects, such as severe headaches, redness and pain or warmth in your limbs. These are all side effects that you should discuss with your doctor and that he should be aware of if you find that you are experiencing any.

4. FSH

FSH is a popular drug that doctors tend to prescribe women when they are choosing to participate in an IVF procedure. It is used for this procedure because it encourages the follicles to release healthy eggs that can then be removed for the IVF treatment.

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These healthy eggs make your chances of creating a healthy embryo more likely. It can also be used for women who are having an issue with their body releasing eggs that are not healthy, but who are not undergoing an IVF treatment.

5. HMG

HMG is also used to help the body produce healthy and mature eggs. It can also help women who are having a difficult time with their hormones. Many of the hormones in our bodies can play a huge role in the conception process and this drug can help regulate and promote healthy hormones. Men have also found HMG to be helpful when fighting fertility issues because it can help improve the health of their sperm.

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6. GnRH

For women who are having issues with the production of LH and FSH, GnRH is often used to help in this area. These items encourage your body to ovulate and by taking GnRH, ovulation is more regulated and women are able to develop an intercourse schedule around the time that they are expected to ovulate.

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7. Conclusion

Finding the right fertility drug may seem like a difficult process, but if you are armed with the information that you need, you will be able to make a better informed decision. Be sure to discuss all your options with your doctor as well as any side effects that you might see when you are making your decision.

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.