What You Must Know About Fertility Drugs
Here at Attain Fertility, we aim to be the leaders in sharing the latest information about infertility. Some of the most common questions we hear from our community members are questions about fertility drugs.
Fertility drugs are extremely effective and are often the first treatment option for women dealing with infertility. Millions of couples who rely on fertility pills safely get pregnant and stay pregnant by using fertility drugs - without having to go on to more high-tech procedures like in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Fertility drugs can help you conceive if your reproductive system just needs a little nudge.
Here are three ways that fertility drugs may help you conceive:
- Fertility drugs help to give an "extra push" for follicular development, to help you ovulate. For example, Clomid (clomiphene citrate) is a fertility pill that can increase your levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), boosting ovulation.
- Injectable gonadotropins stimulate the ovaries directly. Gonadotropins are usually prescribed when women do not respond to Clomid.
- Fertility drugs also help to improve and balance your hormone levels, increasing the likelihood of embryo implantation and a healthy pregnancy.
For specific information about particular fertility drugs, click on the links below.
- Clomid success rates
- Clomid side effects
- Fertility drugs for men
- Injectable fertility drugs and how to inject fertility drugs
- Overview of the most common fertility drugs
Fertility drugs for ovulation
Fertility drugs are commonly prescribed for ovulation disorders, one of the leading causes of infertility. Fertility drugs can help to optimize your ovarian environment and regulate your ovulation cycles, boosting ovulation to help you conceive.
If you are having ovulation problems, your doctor may want to try controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) with fertility pills. This encourages your ovaries to release multiple eggs during ovulation. This technique is often coupled with IUI or IVF.
Finding the right dose of fertility drugs
It is important that your doctor finds the right dose of fertility drugs. A low dose of fertility drugs may lead to an inadequate response. Too high of a dose can lead to a potentially serious condition called ovarian hyperstimulation (OHSS). With ovarian hyperstimulation your ovaries could become extremely large and fill with fluid. The fluid is then released with ovulation and can lead to serious complications.
Today, most fertility doctors recommend that you try at least several cycles of fertility pills before moving on to more high-tech therapies like IVF. If fertility drugs don't work for you, ask your doctor to try another fertility treatment option until you find that one that enables you to successfully get pregnant.
Fertility drugs risks
Like many medications, fertility drugs can cause side effects. As mentioned above, fertility drugs, especially in higher doses, can lead to side effects including OHSS, a potentially serious condition. Fertility drugs can also increase your chance for having multiples. Being pregnant with twins, triplets or more can put your babies at risk for premature birth, as well as compromise your own health.
Be open with your fertility specialist. Ask questions about the safety and success rates of fertility drugs. And be persistent in your own self-care, following the advice of your doctor.
Fertility drugs and pregnancy
If you have been trying to get pregnant without success, visit a fertility specialist to find out if fertility drugs might help you conceive. Fertility pills may be all that you need to boost your chances of pregnancy.
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine: Medications for Inducing Ovulation
- Bruce, D, Thatcher, S., Berg, B. Making a Baby.