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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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  • kristin

    i have been trying to get pregnant for a while now and i cant seem to but i think i need fertility drugs can i get them at a store somewhere?

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  • chely

    well my question is that I did not drink my medication right its was to take3 tablets every dia for 8days and the medications name is clomiphene citrate can I get pregnant.the way I take the medications was 1 tablet a dia and the last tablet was on the 3 of august

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  • Prabha Sahgal

    In the case of a missed dose, the best course of action is just to resume the normal scheduled dose, and you should be fine. If you have not succeeded at getting pregnant this cycle, then resume the regularly scheduled dosing for next cycle.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    In the case of a missed dose, the best course of action is just to resume the normal scheduled dose, and you should be fine. If you have not succeeded at getting pregnant this cycle, then resume the regularly scheduled dosing for next cycle.

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  • want2beamum

    you shoud try the conceve easy pills. i’m almost done with month2 and i ovlated this month. i havent ovlated in months. its like ovlation on sterods!

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  • Jenny

    HOW CAN I GET THE PILLS OF GETTING PREGNANT?

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  • BundleCommingSoon413

     
    Fertility drugs can be so expensive!
    Even with insurance one Chlomid pill would have cost me $100. I found
    that using the ConceiveEasy system was well worth the price. Just
    within the 2 month free trial I ovulated, which has not happened for
    me in a long time. After using ConceiveEasy for another 2 months I
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  • Ladyd

    what drug helps you releas multiple eggs beside clomid

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Most fertility drugs for women that increase your chances of having twins depend entirely on how your individual body chemistry reacts to the fertility medication. Generally, Clomid (Clomiphene) can increase your odds of having twins by about 5%, or 10% at higher dosages. Artificial insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) both can increase your odds of twins.

    Some other ways to increase your chances of having twins are:

    · Breastfeeding while trying to get pregnant (up to 9x more likely to have twins)
    · Consume dairy products (up to 5X more likely to have twins)
    · Older women also have an increased likelihood of releasing multiple eggs resulting in twins

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  • KatieBryner

    I am 24 & have never been on a regular cycle with my period. I go
    sometimes 1-2 times only a year with a period. My husband and I are
    wanting to try and have a baby. If I get my period regular do you think
    my chances are good for getting pregnant?

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  • JavaFamily

    I’ve been married for 7 month’s I’m 33 years old and we are ready for a
    baby I have irregular periods do you think that Fertibella will be good
    for me I really want to have a positive test for once THANK U!!!!!!!!!

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  • KateBernhard

    Are fertility drugs available to women who wouldnt necessarily need
    them? We really want twins, is this an option that would be available?

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  • Melissa Burkett

    have beem trying to get pregnant for the past 6 months. pls help

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  • CarmenBallen

    I have be reading everybody statement I will be order Monday please prayer to god that this Does work ..

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  • LuvChrissy

    I been on birth controll, the shot for four years but it messed my
    periods up and my boyfriend i been trying to conceive a baby and we
    haven’t had any luck he got three kids so we know its not him. We been
    trying for almost three years now and since the shots my periods have
    came irregular i have a menstrual every four to six months. I was
    wondering is there any fertility meds i can take to help me with my
    menstrual and to get pregnant?

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  • BarefootPrincess

    I had a missed miscarriage at 7 weeks….I ovulated day 13 that cycle. Now I ovulate on cycle day 15, is that considered late?

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  • RoseBarton

    I ovulate usually on day 15, is that considered late?

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  • CristyBriston

    I would like to try FeritBella as i have found it takes me up to 2 year
    to be come pregnant and would like to speed things up as i am getting on
    in age and would like our chance to have a baby before i get to much
    older i have had 2 not successful go,s as i can,t get pass the first
    trimester the last one was heart breaking as i lst twins at 11 weeks and
    would love to try again ASAP thanks vikkie xxx

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  • HaroldBenton

    do this medicine actually work. ive been off depo for a month will it still work for me?

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  • CobyJulz

    11 years ago I went into labour on 6 and half months. The baby died.
    Last year December, I was 2 months pregnant (never knew), had my period
    and everything. It was a tube baby. I had to have one of my fallobian
    tubes removed and the baby obviously. I am 32 years old already and I am
    very scared to become pregnant, because if I loose this one tube I have
    left, I will never be able to have kids ever. I don’t believe in
    prescription drugs, isn’t there something I can drink (herbal / non
    prescription) that will make sure my tube is open for business ???

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  • SumiGreen

    I am almost done with month #1 of fertibella and I’m hoping for good
    news. I see a lot of you have conceived in the 2nd month. Fingers
    crossed!

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  • MegHawley

    i have been trying to get pregnant for a while now and i
    cant seem to but i think i need fertility drugs can i get them at a store
    somewhere?

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  • JadePrincesses

    If your tubes are blocked can you ovulate???

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    It is important to identify firstly what is the cause of the
    blocked tube or if you really have a blocked tube. You may still ovulate when
    you only have one blocked tube and as long as ovaries are functioning well by
    producing healthy eggs. Therefore, conceiving may still be possible.

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  • PearlDJ

    My period is real irregular and right now im taking vitex for it. Is it better for me to stop taking vitex and start taking one oe fertility pills,because im also trying to have a baby. What should I do

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Ovulation (when your body releases an egg) occurs once mid-way through your cycle. Cycle Day 1 begins the first day of your menstrual cycle. So, you are most likely to ovulate around Day 10-14. Begin testing for ovulation on Day 7 to insure you do not miss your ovulation and continue testing each day until you get a positive result.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    FertiBella is specifically designed to stimulate ovulation by regulating hormones and normalizing your cycle, especially helpful after just terminating chemical contraception like the Depo Provera shot. In addition to boosting progesterone levels in the pituitary gland and lengthening your luteal phase, FertiBella is virtually unmatched in placing the cervix into a higher, softer, and more open hyperfertile state during ovulation, to maximize your chances of getting pregnant quick & easy.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    I’m sorry about your loss. Usually, lack of ovulation is the reason for fertility problems in women with Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Several medications that stimulate ovulation can help women with PCOS become pregnant, such as clomiphene citrate or Clomid. Also, Fertibella ConceiveEasy might help you with your problem because it is targeted toward solving multiple fertility issues in women, from ovulatory dysfunctions and irregular cycles, to hormonal imbalances and low-quality cervical mucus which are just some of the infertility problems women may encounter in their journey to conceive. However, before any treatment plan is started though, the woman and her mate must see a fertility specialist. Both their histories and medical issues are taken into consideration. The man may also be tested for male fertility problems along with the woman. All fertility issues should be ruled out by your doctor. Good luck!

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    When your period becomes regular, your chances of pregnancy will greatly increase because your ovulation cycles will be more frequent. Seeing your doctor would be a good option for you in order to determine the underlying cause of your lack of menstruation which will consequently give you treatment options appropriate for your care. For now, start eating right, exercise regularly, and reduce stress, to help regularize its cycles.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

     Fertibella could be a good option for you, for it has been proven effective in helping women overcome common obstacles to conception, such as period irregularity. Fertibella is specifically designed to stimulate ovulation by regulating hormones and normalizing cycles, therefore boosting chances of conceiving.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    The ConceiveEasy TTC kit may be purchased online through the ConceiveEasy homepage or thru phone by dialing 1-888-363-9222 to contact our customer service, where one of our Customer Care Specialists will be available to assist you.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    The ConceiveEasy TTC kit may be purchased online through the ConceiveEasy homepage or thru phone by dialing 1-888-363-9222 to contact our customer service, where one of our Customer Care Specialists will be available to assist you.

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  • rosekeys

    Dear Doctor,
    My hubby has been taking Vitamin C, L-Carnitine plus and Zinc for about 3 months(according to the doctor’s suggestion). He is a heavy set(61 years old) and have low sperm count problem. He is gaining weight instead of losing weight. Is it OK if he takes Nite Time 5L capsules (combination of L-arginine, L-ornithine,L-Lysine, L-Glycine,L-Glutamine) instead of L-carnitine? Will it help him? 

    I (29 years old) am trying to track the most fertile day and I’ve bought LH Tests. The problem is my cycle lengths are different in last three months. The first month(from August to September) was 32 days, the second month (September to October) was 38 days and the last month (October to November) was 34 days. So, I don’t know when should I start testing. I am taking Evening Primrose Oil(EPO) and folic acid as well. As I know, I have to stop taking EPO when I ovulate. Please help me giving suggestion what we should do. We want a baby very badly. We have been married for more than 3 years. I do appreciate your kindness and help. 

    Thanks in advance,
    Rose

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Seeking out fertility treatments when they are not needed is not a good idea, especially if the sole reason for its use is to increase the likelihood of having twins or multiples. Doing so can put you to an unnecessary risk for complications. Any reputable physician would not be comfortable partaking in such endeavor.

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  • TTCF1Y

     
     I am 29 and have been trying to concieve naturally for over two years. I have a 31-32 day cycle every month, but I do get my period every month and all blood work has been normal/within range. No PCOS or other issues. Treatment plan was to start clomid this month with timed intercourse and if that didnt work try clomid with IUI next month. I took one pill of clomid this month, and it wasnt so bad, but I freaked out because it completely stopped my period on Day 3 of my cycle. Normally my period always lasts 5-6 days and after I took the clomid my period totally stopped. So I only took one pill and am wondering what the side effects or this would be? Is it still okay to try and get pregnant this month? How long does it take to get clomid to completely come out of the body? The t 1/2 life of the drug says 5-7 days, but ive read 20-30 days on the internet for it to completely come out of the system. Are there increase risks of birth defects with clomid? Anything I can take to help speed the process of clomid coming out of my system? Will I still ovulate this month even though my period only lasted 2 days?

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  • DeeDeeSA

    I am in South Africa and would love one of these conceive easy kits as I have been ttc for over ten years now and cannot afford fertility treatments such as ICSI. If anyone knows how I can get these kits in my country pls email me on deviantnel@gmail.com . I am desperate to try anything since I am 31 years old already. I suffer from pcos and hubby from a few sperm issues. Pls, anyone out there with any advice or any help, pls contact me. Blessings.

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    I would like to get some extra help. I would like to have some medication to help us conceive. is there anyway i can get a sample of something?please help. whats_new_pussie_catt@yahoo:disqus .com is my email

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000092287170 Renee Amsocute Hall Dacres

    me and my boyfriend have sex very often and when discharges in me sometimes its just runs right back out is this a problem

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sharon-Johnson/100002507971530 Sharon Johnson

    WHAT STORE WILL I FIND THE FERTIBELLA  AT I REALLY NEED IT

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