Fertility Drug Types: Injectable Hormones, Clomid, and More

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Fertility problems are very common today. More and more people are having trouble getting pregnant. In fact, experts say that somewhere around ten percent of all couples will have trouble getting pregnant at some point.

Luckily, there are many different fertility drugs out there today, and couples who have fertility issues have more options to try than ever before. Read on for the most common fertility drugs that there are.

1. Oral Medications

By far, the most common fertility oral medication on the market is Clomid. Clomid has been around for decades and is a great way to help women boost their fertility. In women who have ovulation problems, Clomid has been shown to really help and brings on ovulation in most of the women who try it.

Clomid

It sometimes has some mild, but manageable side effects, and is not recommended for use for longer than six cycles. However, it can be very effective in stimulating ovulation in women who have had previous troubles.

metformin

There is another oral medication as well, called Metformin, that is effective for some women who suffer from ovulation problems as a result of PCOS. This medication is one that is normally used for diabetics, but it is sometimes used “off label” for helping women with PCOS ovulate properly.

2. Injectable Hormones

When a woman has tried to use oral medications to induce ovulation with no success, sometimes the doctor will make the decision to try something a little bit more powerful. Usually, the next choice is injectable hormones. These hormones work much like Clomid, however, they are more potent and more powerful, and as such, they can come with some very powerful side effects as well.

human-chorionic-gonadotropin-(hCG)

There are several different types of injectable hormones. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Human Menopausal Gonadotropin (hMG), Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH), and Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Agonist (GnRH agonist) are the most common injectable hormones.

3. What To Know

Most of the time, fertility drugs like Clomid or injectable hormones are not used just on their own. Sometimes, Clomid will be used on it’s own to see if it helps to stimulate ovulation. However, many times, these drugs are used in conjunction with other reproductive techniques such as IVF or IUI.

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If you think that you would be a good candidate for any type of fertility drugs, the most important thing to know is that you must talk with your doctor and come up with a good treatment plan that will work for your particular case.

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.