Treatments & Options - Fertility Drugs - Success Rates

Could fertility drugs help you achieve your dreams of having a baby? According to a report shared by the CDC, six out of 100 babies born in the U.S. each year are conceived with the help of ovarian hyperstimulation medications. Out of every 100 babies born in the U.S. each year, one baby is conceived through the use of ovarian hyperstimulation medications combined with in vitro fertilization (IVF).

In this section, Fertility Drug Success Rates, we review success rates for one of the most commonly used fertility drugs: Clomid. We also provide a brief overview on chances of success with several other fertility drugs, as well as fertility drugs for male infertility problems.

Fertility drugs for ovulation
Clomid can be desirable due to its relatively low cost and low chance of health risks. Pregnancy rates using Clomid are good. For those with ovulation problems, Clomid offers an 80 percent chance of ovulating, usually within the first three months. Due to the ovulation boost, most women have a 50 percent chance of getting pregnant within the first six months of using Clomid.

Other drugs that may boost ovulation include Bromocriptine Mesylate (Parlodel) and Cabergoline (Dostinex) which suppress the excess production of prolactin, normalizing prolactin levels. These drugs have an 85 percent success rate in helping women ovulate.

Male fertility drugs
Few studies have been done to determine the effectiveness of fertility drugs for men. We do know that success rates of fertility drugs for men are much lower than they are for women, so fertility drugs are less commonly prescribed for men. To find out if fertility drugs are a good option for your partner, send him to a doctor for a thorough medical evaluation and sperm analysis.

One in eight couples in the U.S. will experience problems getting pregnant at some point in their lives. If you have been trying to get pregnant without success, see a fertility specialist. He or she may recommend fertility drugs to help you conceive.