Fertility Drugs and Multiple Births
on Sep 12, 2012
by Monica Scott
Do fertility drugs cause multiple births? Find out your chances of having twins by taking various fertility drugs.
As fertility issues have recently become increasingly common, couples confronted with them have resorted to various solutions. When natural methods do not work, women opt for fertility drugs or ART (Assisted Reproduction Technology) in order to increase their chances of becoming mothers. It is true that women who use this kind of treatment are more likely to get pregnant, but at the same time they might encounter multiple births. Nowadays, due to advanced fertility treatments, including fertility drugs, one in 32 births is multiple. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Generally, these specific drugs are designed to improve the ovulation process, but there are variations regarding the effects depending on the nature and purpose of the drug.
Clomiphene citrate is one of the drugs that stimulate the brain hormones in order to have one or more eggs discharged every month. While the drug has a high success rate, it also involves a chance of 10 percent of giving birth to twins; also, women may conceive triplets or more children, sporadically. Clomiphene citrate is available under the “Clomid” or “Serophene” brands.
On the other hand, human chronic gonadotropin, also known as gonadotropins is a hormone which directly stimulates the ovaries so as they can form eggs. Because of the direct stimulation, the risk of giving birth to twins or more babies is increased, compared to clomiphene. To be more specific, 10 to 40 percent of the women who use gonadotropins get multiple pregnancies. The gonadotropin can be found in pharmacies as “Ovidrel”, “Novarel”, “Pregnyl” and “Profasil”.
Human Menopausal Gonadotropin (hMG) is a drug designed to be injected in order to treat irregular ovulations. It is used in the case of women who do have pituitary gland issues. Specifically, the drug stimulates the follicle releasing and while this process improves ovulation, more follicles means in many cases, twins, triplets or more children. A similar effect is produced by the follicle-stimulating hormone. The hMG is known under the “Pergonal”, “Repronex” and “Metrodin” brand names.
Additionally to the drugs, there is the advanced reproduction technology that has a major role in increasing the chances of a woman to get pregnant with more than one baby. To be more accurate, the doses of the medication a woman takes in order to induce multiple pregnancy can be monitored and at the same time, the modern technology in the specialized clinics can rapidly detect if the internal processes of the body are affected by the drugs. Hence, there does not exist the risk of the mother to be harmed and also the babies are not born premature or with malformations, but everything goes smoothly.
All in all, in order to induce multiple births, women simply have to take fertility treatment, as it will cause the ovaries to release more eggs, which automatically means more chances to bring twins or more babies to the world. This is an ardent desire of many couples nowadays and thanks to the development of medicine, it is now possible without involving other risks than the natural ones.
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Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.