When a woman undergoes in vitro fertilization (IVF), typically she gets a daily shot of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) in order to stimulate the ovaries and help produce multiple eggs. Now a new study has found that long-lasting weekly injections of fertility hormones are as safe and effective as the daily injections.
The longer-lasting FSH is called corifollitropin alfa, (brand name ELONVA®) and it has been approved for use in Europe since 2010. Corrifollitopin alfa has the ability to initiate and sustain multiple follicular growth for an entire week, so a single subcutaneous injection may replace the first seven injections of any conventional daily recombinant follicle stimulating hormone (rFSH) preparation for controlled ovarian hyperstimulation.
"In a typical IVF cycle, patients take seven to 11 days of shots," says Spencer Richlin, M.D., a fertility doctor and Surgical Director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut. "This new weekly injection will allow them to take one to three shots. Patients who don't like needles, find the shots uncomfortable, or have trouble being in a private place at the same time everyday will appreciate the convenience of a weekly shot."
The weekly injections are not available in the United States yet. "We are waiting for FDA approval," Dr. Richlin explains. "We ssume they will be here in the next 1 to 2 years."
Gonadotropins are ovulation inducing fertility drugs, sold under the brand names Follistim and Gonal-f. These injectable drugs contain genetically engineered FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and are used to stimulate ovulation and help the ovaries produce multiple eggs.
Often times as nurses, we are called upon to engage in sometimes lengthy spirited debates with insurance companies in order to obtain prior authorization for medications commonly used during fertility treatment cycles. We thought it would be helpful to review what the process on our end is and how fertility patients can help move the process along.
Fertility drugs are commonly prescribed for women with ovulation disorders. These drugs, often called stimulation medications, cause or regulate ovulation. Other drugs assist in the implantation of an embryo. Depending on the drug, it will be taken orally or injected.
Before taking any medication, however, you will have to complete diagnostic tests to determine what is causing your infertility problems. Once you know the cause, medication may be directed at correcting it.
When undergoing fertility treatments you may be prescribed fertility drugs to help with the successful implantation of a fertilized egg.
Progesterone (brand names include Provera, Endometrin, Crinone, Prometrium or Cyclogest) is one of the primary female reproductive hormones, which is produced immediately after ovulation and helps build up and ready the uterine lining for implantation of a fertilized egg. Physicians may prescribe progesterone supplements if your corpus luteum does not produce enough progesterone.
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The use of single embryo transfer in IVF is a way to reduce the risk of multiples when fertility drugs help create multiple eggs for fertilization.Atlanta fertility doctor David Keenan, who treats fertility patients at Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine provides more information.
All injectable fertility drugs that stimulate the ovaries have one thing in common, the hormone FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), explains Dr. Daniel Shapiro, an Atlanta fertility doctor with Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta. These fertility drugs drugs are used with some IUI cycles and in IVF cycles.