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Fertility Drugs: 5 Most Effective

on Feb 27, 2017

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. There are, of course, generic versions of this drug available to make the cost even lower. Most pharmacies report that a five day supply of Clomid (enough for one month) ranges from about $35-75 for patients who must pay out of pocket.

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. The cost for Femara is around $600 for a 30 day supply of 2.5 mg tablets. That price is for the name brand form of Femara, however, there is another generic version available. That version is called Letrozole, and it runs around $75 for a five day supply. (Remember this drug is only taken for around five days at the beginning of your cycle).

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. Bravelle has been a drug that has become harder to find in recent months, and because of the low supply, the price has continued to rise.

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. Some doctors are also prescribing Novarel to men who need to improve their testosterone levels and/or sperm count. The price of Novarel has skyrocketed in recent years, with prices reaching as much as $300 for one injection. However, there are generic versions available to help reduce the cost of this product.

Bromocriptine

Bromocriptine is another fertility drug option out there that some doctors commonly prescribe. This drug is sometimes sold under the brand names of Parlodel and Cycloset. This drug is a dopamine promoter that can sometimes be used to stop hormone overproduction,such as the overproduction of prolactin. It is also used to treat menstrual problems. In other, non-fertility uses, Bromocriptine is sometimes used to help treat Parkinson’s Disease, to slow the growth of pituitary tumors, and sometimes can even help control the blood sugar of patients with Type 2 Diabetes. For men, this drug can be used to help with low sperm count or low testosterone, if those problems are caused by high levels of prolactin. The price for this drug is usually around $200 for a 30 day supply.

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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  • Rucha Kulkarni

    Hi Doc,I am a PCOS case, trying to get pregnant.Do you advise to take clomid in such cases?
    My GYN had advised me tab siphene from the 2nd day of my period.What effects do it have.Does this tablet help in releasing more than one egg..?Kindly guide.Thanks

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  • Madhavi

    I want to conceive twins. So will ferttibella help me to conceive twins if i use it regularly? my cycles and gynic health is normal.

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  • Fran

    I have one son and have been trying to get pregnant for years now with no luck I recently have been using ovulation testing kits to make sure I am ovulation and I am I been doing this for a year now and still haven’t been able to get pregnant I even went as far as to lose weight with the hope that it would help but no luck I don’t know what else to try I’m 41 and I really want another baby before I’m no longer able because of the age risk please help.

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  • Pee

    Haven’t had my menses in 7 month and not pregnant.i really want to have a baby so what do I do.

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  • Nikki

    Hello I’m 34 ,35 this Dec me and my partner have been trying since January this year.I have had a miscarriage this April only couple of weeks,now since then I haven’t ovulated.I seen a fd 9 the of this month she gave me blood test for 3 month and said she will give me something if I don’t ovulate well I haven’t for 4 months ,I don’t want to wait till then .I really thought she would have given me something to help me ovulate,We already have 2 sons 9 and 6 ,as it took me 3 yrs to fall pregnant with 1st and 4 months with our 2 nd.I suffer from RA,and have done with all both pregnancies and had a miscarriage be4 each of my boys.I might contact fertility doctor for another app or maybe see another pls give me your opioion.Thanks Nikki

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  • loli

    My Dr prescribed me Letrosoul -2.5 mg two tablets bedtime.aftr seeing all da above comments n sugesstions m confusd wether Clomid is bettr then the medicine iam taking ?? For last 3 years m trying to conceive,two times miscariage so,its a vry depressing n sad situation for me. I really need some useful sugesstions..

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  • Omovig

    We ‘ve been married for six years now. My got conceived on the third year but lost the baby during cs operation at delivery. She ovulates regularly but no conception. What drugs can she take, what quantity and how often?

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  • Perera

    What if a woman ovulates regularly but can’t get pregnant, does she need to take fertility drugs?

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  • baby E

    am on bromocriptine and no positive results. can I take Clomid

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  • Khadijah

    I take metformin can that help me conceive of I up the dose to 1500instead of five?… I heard that just want to know if its true…….

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  • sharen

    Hi i do not get my period monthly its totally off cycle i am 30 years and i want to have a baby so badly im on folic acid and vitamin b tablets to get started what do u recommend ?

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  • pam

    I been taking the pills for a month now and I ovulation tomorrow so do I have sex on tomorrow and still take the pills

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  • darko kwabena

    my wife was operated and she lost her baby but for the past one year she had not been able to get pregnant i need help

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  • Angela Egwuma Soglo

    I have a problem, I have not seen my manstra flow for 3years now. What do I take?

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  • http://marciangwenya.gmail Temabuya Marcia Croco

    im a lady of 35yrs wish to have a baby

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  • Traviesa420

    I am 53 and have decided to try to have a baby… I have taken clomid for two months..Figuring a 28 day cycle but i have no periods..what can I take to help me get pregnant faster

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  • chazz

    Hi I am 22 years of age and my partner is 40 years old will this decrease my chances of getting pregnant

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  • andrea

    How i get this kit?

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  • jhenn

    How can i get pregnant easy any medication that can help us? The most effective medecines please , we already tried fertility days but still negative results .

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  • Patty

    I am on the depo i am not going in for my next shot in a month because i would like to get pregnant can i take Conceive Easy. Will taking it help me get the depo out of my system so i can have a baby

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  • linda

    I have been trying to get pregnant for a while now, can I get the drug from a drugstore?

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  • lady t

    What if you take the pill right after your period would it work??

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  • Tee Anderson

    Is it safe to take Femara and Conceive Easy at the same time?

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  • roseline

    I have irregular period. How do I correct it?

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  • Victor

    how do i get in in Nigeria?

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  • Victor

    I want to order this drug, i live in Lagos – Nigeria, can it get to me?

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  • binita

    Hi I am 42 year old woman , I am trying to conceive for second child .is it possible , then how? Can I take any medicine..

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  • Embarassed

    Just by the spelling/grammar usage of some of the posts in here, I think a lot of these “women” trying to get pregnant are teenage girls with some kind of daddy issue that thinks having a baby will help them keep their dead-beat boyfriends around. Just like making a baby can be difficult, so can raising one. Children aren’t just these cool little accessories you can pop out and then neglect when you’re done with them. This is why our society is going to “dookie”. If any of what I said above applies to you, maybe you should think more about getting educated, getting a secure good paying job, settle down and grow up before you think about adding to our already over-populated planet.

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  • Brittaney

    Which health insurance covers infertility in Ohio? I have endometriosis and have been trying to conceive for 6 years. I have also had a laparoscopy performed in 2011 but still no luck.

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  • julia

    I have being ttc for one year, period is regular and was put was on femara for 2 months but it didnt work what other medicine can help to concieve

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  • tfahnestock

    A friend of mine mentioned a pill she was taking the made her eggs softer and more susceptible to implantation. is this an over the counter medicine or prescribed? I can’t find much on the web about such a drug.

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  • Onyinye

    Goodmorning Doc, which fertility drug will I take to correct the Injectible Family Planning I did.

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  • Kimberly

    Dr, we have been trying to get pregnant for a year and a half now. I’ve been on clomid for 6 months. 3 months at 50 mg and 3 months at 100 mg. my doctor recommended I go see a specialists since there is no more she can do for me. Is there any other drug I can try before paying thousands at a fertility specialist? I’m 32 healthy. I have a 3 year old son, healthy pregnancy but by a different father. We actually became pregnant last year by mistake and lost it. Any advice?

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  • SavannahBrooke

    Hello, I’m a 20 year old newly wed. Me & my hubby really want a baby. I was on the depo shot for about 3 years, I’ve been off of it for 17 months. My periods are very irregular I rarely have one. Is there anything I can do or take to force myself to start ovulating? Also, I’ve read about a lot of girls having problems such as miscarriages once they do get pregnant. I would like to take so supplements along with fertility medicines while trying to conceive. Please help, I’m lost & not sure what to do tp get started.

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  • Chellet Sarcia

    can i buy clomid without doctor’s prescription?

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  • Anna Petersen

    How can I get rid of a smell in my privet are?

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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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  • Keshia

    I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET PREGNANT IN I STILL HAVEN’T. WILL THE CLOMID HELP MY CHANCES OF GETTING PREGNANT.

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  • ESTHER

    am in a long distance relationship and my partner will be coming home soon and we are planning to get pregnant as soon as possible he goes back to work. What can i do to fastten the process?

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  • Jessica

    I have a chemical imbalance and i dont have any cycles so would procreation female support work for me .

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  • Kimberly Smith

    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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  • Shannon

    My cycle came on the 5th of January, and then I starting vomiting the 29th of January , and then I continue to vomiting up until the 2nd of February, and then on the 3rd of February I saw a little bleeding but it was redish, pinkish like. Then my cycle started on the 6th of February. What’s going on with my body. 1

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  • Kelly

    I had the implanon removed march 2015, I had it for 3 years. Its going on close to 12 months of trying to get pregnant with my husband. We already have a 4 year old. My question is, can it take longer for me to conceive due to having the birth control so long? I also struggled with random periods all over the place while I was on the implanon. I’m getting very discouraged. I did order my 30 day trial. I have not received it yet.

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  • Precious Queen

    Rite aid sells the same amount of pills for $9.99

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  • reeya

    hi i am 47+ going thru menopause stage with no kids,please please help me! i want a child!

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  • reeya

    this emptyness is killing me

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  • http://www.digitalbiznes.com/blog/ Ekiomado Eseosa Godfrey

    I’ve been married for 5 month’s my wife is 33 years old and we are ready for a baby.
    She normally see her periods regularly and ovulation nd dont know why she isnt pregnant yet. But she did fibroid operation before our wedding, could this be the reason for the delay? Do u advise the fertility drugs or ? Thank you.

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  • Regina Blankson

    Is it possible for a 38 yr old female with an ovarian cyst who has undergone 2 past major surgeries : one of them for a gunshot wound which penetrated the uterus & the other for a very large ovarian cyst? Is there still hope and can any of the drugs be used such a person?

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  • Donna

    A friend gave me some fertility pills and they are a clear capsule with liquid in them trying to figure out the name of them any ideas

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  • Khanyisile Ngcobo

    Hi Doc

    My name is Khanyisile and have been trying to conceive for over a year and a half but still no luck.I have a period calculator so know exactly when I ovulate but still no luck.

    I have just been diagnosed with a cysts and don’t know if that is causing the pregnancy not to happen.

    Please help on what needs to be done or what I need to get to get pregnant

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