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How Much Do You Know About Fertility Drugs?

If you’ve just started out on the path of fertility treatment, you may be confused by the IVF protocol calendar staring back at you and the seemingly countless number of fertility drug prescriptions you are about to fill. Don’t worry. The crew at Fertility Authority understands your fears and aims to make things a little easier with education and support.

Fertility drugs can be prescribed to stimulate egg follicle growth, to induce ovulation, to prevent premature ovulation, or to regulate hormones like insulin.

  • Ovarian stimulation drugs encourage follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) production. They are often prescribed for women with ovulation disorders, or women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). Clomid is an oral ovarian stimulation drug, while Follistim and Gonal-F are injectable ovarian stimulation fertility drugs.
  • In an IVF cycle, a fertility patient may also be instructed to take a GnRH agonist drug, like Lupron, to prevent early ovulation before egg retrieval.
  • Ovulation triggering fertility drugs, like the hCG “trigger” injection, signals the ovaries that it is time to release eggs for an intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycle or take the final steps toward maturation for egg retrieval.
  • Some women, including those with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) have hormone imbalances and insulin resistance. A fertility doctor may prescribe Metformin or a similar drug to decrease insulin sensitivity, and help restore ovulation.
  • Progesterone, often in the form of an oral capsule, vaginal suppository, or progesterone in oil (PIO) injection can be used to create a stable uterine environment for embryo implantation to occur.

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