Fertility Drugs: 5 Most Effective

on Jun 02, 2012

by Lucy Eades

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Which are the most commonly prescribed fertility drugs in the world? Here are 5, and 1 you may want to think twice before taking...

What are fertility drugs? Fertility drugs are prescribed medications that will mostly help influence ovulation. It can either start ovulation or help strengthen ovulation to release at least one or multiple eggs in one cycle. Fertility drugs are the most commonly used treatment for couples who are facing infertility, as the most common cause of infertility in women are ovulation difficulties. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here Typically, it is the woman who is being prescribed the fertility medication, however, fertility drugs can be used with men, but it’s just not that common.

Fertility DrugsNow there are prescription drugs, but the majority of doctors won’t prescribe these unless you’ve gone a minimum of a least twelve months without conceiving, and you’ve exhausted all other means. I know that seems like an excruciatingly long time to wait, but your lack of getting pregnant within a 12-month time span is not considered all that unusual. On average, only 25% of couples will conceive within their first month of trying, 60% within six months, 75% within nine months and 90% within a year-and-a-half. So if you haven’t reached that one-year plateau yet, keep the faith & keep on trying. Now if you have been actively trying and timing intercourse right during ovulation for an entire year, then perhaps it’s time for you to seek out your options.

Clomid (Clomiphene)

Clomid (Clomiphene)Clomid is one of the most popular prescribed fertility drugs and it helps to release one or multiple eggs in a cycle. Clomid is the number one fertility drug, however, there are a lot more out there. It is just typically the first one that is prescribed. It is easy to take (as a pill, as opposed to an injectable), is fairly inexpensive (around $100 for a 5-day course) and works for about 80% of couples to get them pregnant within a 6-month timeframe. Because Clomid often will help release multiple eggs in a cycle, the likelihood of twins is highly increased when taking this fertility drug.

Femara (Letrozole)

Femara (Letrozole)Now this next fertility drug isn’t even considered a fertility drug, as it’s first nature is to treat post-menopausal women with breast cancer. This drug is called Femara, and it works in the same way as Clomid, to help stimulate ovulation. It is FDA-approved for the treatment of local breast cancer, but is becoming more popular in off-label uses to assist with unexplained infertility & ovulation stimulation. But it’s kind of a hot topic, due to its possible birth defects as found in a 2005 Canadian study that suggested that babies born after Femara use have a 3-fold risk for birth defects. However, many call the study flawed & inconclusive. Regardless, it’s not really prescribed as often. Femara is considered a second choice, and usually only prescribed by a doctor when Clomid is not working.

Follistim (Follitropin)

Follistim (Follitropin)Follistim is a fertility drug that acts like the hormone FSH, and FSH stands for Follicle Stimulating Hormone. Now unlike the Clomid and the Femara, the Follistim is an injection, rather than a pill. Again, Follistim is also used for women with ovulation problems, and typically prescribed to those women who are Clomid-resistant. The downside to Follistim are that women taking it will be monitored closely by sonogram and blood tests every 2-3 days, and it is very expensive (in the neighborhood of $550/mo of injections)

Bravelle (Urofollitropin)

Bravelle (Urofollitropin)Bravelle is another FSH drug, in that it provides the hormone (FSH) that helps cause the ovaries to produce eggs. This fertility drug is usually used in combination with another hormone (hCG) for the growth and release of a mature egg (ovulation). Now this one is unique, because it is extracted and purified from the urine of post-menopausal women. It is also an injectable, like Follistim, and also will require close monitoring by your doctor via sonogram & blood tests. Also like Follistim, it is pricey costing about $2000 per cycle.

Novarel (Chorionic Gonadotropin)

Novarel (Chorionic Gonadotropin)Novarel is a fertility drug that is supposed to mimic the LH hormone in your body. LH stands for Luteinizing Hormone. These drugs are made from HCG and odd as it sounds, it is extracted from the urine of pregnant women. It is another injectable option, given after finishing another medication (menotropins) to help stimulate ovulation. Like the other injectables, it requires close monitoring and is a lot pricier than the more commonly prescribed option Clomid.

Now those are just a few of the most common fertility drugs that are currently being prescribed. And remember, with all drugs out there, including fertility drugs, there are some risks associated. So make sure that you speak to your healthcare provider about those. Until next time ladies. See you later. Bye!

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Lucy is a mother of three, who’s passionate about all things AP parenting. When she’s not busy giving tips on keeping babies healthy & happy, you can find her blogging on her popular YouTube channel

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  • karliepie

    Actually my insurance doesnt cover clomid, but my doctor gave me a script and its only $26 a month. Its not very expensive at all. Walgreens is where I pick it up. Its one round, 5 pills, 50mg. It sure makes you get tons of pregnancy symptoms, you can literally feel your ovaries going crazy. Lots of side effects

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  • Kayetlynn Lillard

    yes you can buy clomid without a doctor’s prescription you can buy them online maybe not be the brand name but the medication is called clomiphene which is the active ingredient in the medication clomid you can buy them on several online websites

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    I am 18, I have been having irregular periods since I was 13. I stopped taking my birth control October 3rd. My fiance and I have been trying since November, it is now January and I have been having mood swings, very tired, sore nipples, urinating a lot, heart burn, and weight gain, my uterus area has been feeling heavier than usual, I have took in 12 pregnancy tests and all have come up negative. I have a set Dr.s appointment, but it’s hard to understand her sometimes, So just for kicks can someone on here tell me what’s going on with me!??

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