Drugs to Induce Ovulation
on Sep 04, 2012
by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Ovulation is the key to conception. For those suffering from ovulatory dysfunction, there are many drugs on the market meant to induce ovulation.
Having normal ovulation is necessary for a woman to get pregnant. Although in most of cases, this process takes place every month without any delays or complications, there are still cases when drugs to induce ovulation are needed in order to stimulate the production and release of healthy eggs. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Since there is such a wide scope for medications to assist in inducing ovulation, it is advisable to ask your doctor for advice, and for the two of you to establish together what the most recommended treatment for your particular problem is. Besides, it is important that you benefit from specialized supervision throughout the treatment.
Here are the top 5 medicines that help ovulation, most of them only available with a prescription:
One of the most commonly used drug for stimulating the production and release of eggs is Clomid, based on clomiphene citrate. The pills should be administered on the first days of the menstrual period. The dose should be established by your doctor, according to the particulars of your body. The clomiphene citrate stimulates the brain to release a hormone called FSH that plays an important role in increasing fertility. Although a careful administration excludes side effects, you have a higher chance to get pregnant with twins or even triplets.
Bromocriptine is a medicine used to reduce the level of the hormone called prolactin, known to prevent ovulation when present in your blood in a higher than normal quantity. By reducing prolactin levels, you have a better chance of naturally ovulating.
Many women prefer the treatment with gonadotropin as a solution to become pregnant rapidly. This substance comes as injections administered under the skin or intramuscular. It works on the pituitary gland, stimulating it to produce and release the hormones known as LH and FSH that play an important part in the ovulation process. Pergonal and Gonal F are among the best known drugs to induce ovulation from this group. If you decide to follow this type of treatment, you must consult your doctor and make a plan that you have to follow to the letter.
In order to produce healthy and fully grown follicles, you can choose to wear a pump that releases small quantities of GnRH hormone directly into your body. However, you must be aware that the presence of this device can create a sensation of discomfort.
Sometimes, fertility in women is heavily influenced by the presence of another medical condition, such as thyroid insufficiency. Some of the drugs prescribed to ease it are also highly effective in improving the ovulation process and the quality of the eggs.
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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)