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Fertility Drugs: Clomid and Injectable Hormones

on May 26, 2012

by Tiffany Merritt

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Having difficulties getting pregnant? Here are some of the most common fertility drugs your doctor might prescribe to you.

Let’s talk about fertility medications. I want to talk about two of the most popular medicines that women turn to when it’s determined that they need some assistance in trying to conceive. Let’s discuss what they are, how they work, and their effectiveness.

When will a doctor prescribe fertility drugs?

The first thing I want you to know is that typically the doctors are not going to prescribe these medicines to you until you and your partner have been trying unsuccessfully for a year to conceive. So if you’re in the midst of trying to conceive, you’ve been trying for a couple of months or just a handful of months, and you’re not having success, try really hard not to jump to conclusions. It is perfectly normal for perfectly healthy couples to take several months to conceive and several doesn’t mean two. I mean several, so take deep breaths and try not to panic and worry. Only 25% of couples will get pregnant within their first month of trying, 60% within six months, 75% within nine months and 90% within a year-and-a-half. Should you find yourself at that point where, it’s determined you need some medical intervention, there’re two main types of drugs that are prescribed. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Clomid

The first and most commonly prescribed fertility drug is called Clomid. It’s typically what you’ll start out with and it is designed for women who aren’t ovulating regularly, and it ensures a regular cycle and ensures that your ovaries are both producing and releasing eggs. In some cases, women’s ovaries just don’t ever release the eggs and – hello! that’s a problem – no egg equals no pregnancy. Typically you start on a dosage of 50mg per day for 5 days beginning 4-5 days after your period begins. That medicine should cause you to ovulate exactly 7 days after you’ve taken the last dose. It is fairly simple to use, being in pill format, and the cost is far less expensive than any other fertility medications out there, the average cost being about $100 per 5-day course.

If you aren’t pregnant within 6 months of trying Clomid, the doctor would usually say it’s time to try something different. It’s pretty effective as 60-80% of women who tried Clomid, successfully ovulate, and of those, about 50% find themselves also pregnant thanks to help from this drug.

Injectable hormones

The second most popular fertility drug are injectable hormones. These are usually tried after Clomid alone has proven to be unsuccessful. There are many different types of injectable hormones, like Follistim, Bravelle, or Novarel. Read more in-depth about injectable hormones here. Ranging in purpose from triggering your ovaries to releasing the FSH and LH hormones from your pituitary glands, the dosage just depends upon your specific situation and specific types of hormones that your doctor determines you need.

So, typically injectable hormones begin or your second or third day of your cycle and are given for 7-12 consecutive days. Since they are injectable, yes that means they are shots. That can be kind of tough for some people, you either have to inject yourself or have your partner do that for you, it’s just something to keep in mind. It’s not uncommon to be prescribed injections in conjunction with Clomid, if Clomid alone didn’t get the results that you are looking for. Injectables also have a high rate of success for getting women to ovulate, and once again, about 50% of those who ovulate with the help from this medicine will find themselves pregnant. Unlike Clomid though, injectables are far more expensive ranging from $500-$2000 monthly. Close monitoring by your doctor will also be required, with frequent sonograms and blood tests necessary.

The bottom line

So, if you’re at the point where you need medical intervention, do not despair, these are highly effective drugs that are on the market. I don’t want you to worry, I want you to feel excited about the possibilities because there have been hundreds of thousands, if not millions of women who have successfully gotten pregnant thanks to these type of drugs and medications.

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Tiffany is a mompreneur & editor whose parenting tips and product recommendations can be found at her popular blog, Stuff Parents Need, where she's busy making life a little less hectic for new parents.

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  • Anglea_Smith

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  • emelia_boateng

    i have pcos can injectable be the best solution for pregnacy

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    When oral medications, such as Clomid for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) fail to result in a viable pregnancy, it used to be routine that the next step was injectable hormones. However, because of the high risk for multiple births, particularly the risk of triplets and higher, injectables for PCOS is being used less often. Also, injectables are expensive and its daily injections and multiple trips to the doctor’s office for monitoring are inconvenient. To avoid any risk associated with such medication and to determine your best fertility treatment, you might want to talk to your ObGyn. 

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  • NTSIKI LUMKA

    Hi there, i am 37 years old and not getting my periods for more than a year now. My problem is i am not using anything to prevent pregnancy, but me & my husband we have been trying to have a baby nothing is coming. What is wrong why cant i conceive? Last time i had a child it was in 1996. Now i want a child nothing is happening pls help. 

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Getting pregnant after 35 is still quite possible, although it does come with a set of risks and challenges. Once a woman reaches age 35, her monthly chances have declined to 10%, and the average wait for a woman over 35 to conceive is 18 months to two years. Do not lose hope if you do not get pregnant right away for pregnancy after 35 does require a lot of patience. With the right guidance and planning with your healthcare provider, pregnancy can be achieved at any age. If you are past the 18 month mark with no success, seeing a fertility specialist could be your next option. 

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M2JNN3MTUUIQOV5OGM7OHB2RDU missthang

    I have been trying to get pregnant for a year. i am 22 and engaged.but everything i do isnt working do you think any of these pills will help me i do not have pcos i got tested.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/44RKZQP5QIUADJZG3OS6NXKJSU chanel36

    Hi I am a 22yr old woman looking to conceive. I was told I have a small fibroid on my left side and a ovarian cyst on my right. I have been trying for a year and kinda lost hope due to my doctor saying if I go on birth control (nuvaring) it will help with those issues but  I would like to try again… What would you recommend? 

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  • kumana12

    dear doctor i want to get pregnant again i did the tube ligation 6yrs ago and now we decide to have another i am afraid to do surgery i just bought your product to see if i can get pregnant again please let me now if it will work for me ! thank you 

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    ConceiveEasy® is clinically proven effective and has been designed to dramatically increase your chances of conception better than traditional fertility treatments. But in order for pregnancy to happen, you are going to need a reversal on your tubal ligation.

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  • Jeanbaptistebeatrice

    Why the sperm always comes out so fast?

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  • Toni fenton

    I just found out my ex daughter in law was taking EXPIRED fertility drug to get pregnant. She had these meds from her first marriage five years prior. I dont know if they were expired back then or not. Anyway her first pregnancy failed after four months. Then she had my grandson. The third pregnancy my grandson was diagnoe
    Sed with transposition of the great arteries and vsd. He had open heart surgery, and sadly died after 87 days. this is when she confessed to my son about the drug. She immediately got pregnant again with my granddaughter. Could the expired fertility drug have caused the miscarriage and heart defects.

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  • Toni fenton

    Juzt so I am clear, I dont have a problem using prescription hormones r
    esponsibly,

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  • Ch_mehmood1711

    I have pcos n I have one baby girl of 19months but from one year I m trying to get pregnant but no success in last time doctor took me injection n then I got pregnant n now wat should I do

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  • Suvitha Elangovan

    hi,im 23 old i have( pcos ) probleom.but i and my husband trying to baby.plz help me,give a solusion.

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  • Naomi

    Hello im a 21 yr old female that has been tryn to get pregnant for erhe last five yrs i have irregular periods when i do have periods its like we have to force the blood out when we have intercourse my uterus kicks seman out like it doesnt belong there all i want is a baby but im kind of tired of tryn things that dont work…

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    The possible reason is because the sperm may not be deposited properly into your cervix. What I can advise you is to have sex using the missionary position to allow deep penetration, which will bring the sperm closer to the cervix.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Initially, I do recommend you to take in birth control pills for two months to regulate your menstrual and ovulation cycles. Once your cycles have become regular, I then recommend you to try the ConceiveEasy TTC kit. The ConceiveEasy TTC kit is clinically proven effective in overcoming the most common obstacles to conception, and has been designed to dramatically increase your chances of conception better than traditional fertility treatments.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Getting pregnant can be quite challenging for you because you have PCOS. You should try to adopt a healthy lifestyle, minimize your caffeine and sugar intake and increase your sexual intercourse during your ovulation cycles to increase your likelihood of conception.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    To improver your likelihood of conception, I do recommend that you take Fertibella ConceiveEasy. Fertibella ConceiveEasy is clinically proven effective in overcoming the most common obstacles to conception such as ovulatory problems, and has been designed to dramatically increase your chances of conception better than traditional fertility treatments.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Yes, these fertility pills such as the Fertibella ConceiveEasy can help you in the very sense that it is clinically proven successful in overcoming the most common obstacles to conception, and has been designed to dramatically increase your chances of conception better than traditional fertility treatments.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Given that you have PCOS; I do recommend that you take another hCG trigger shot in order for you to get pregnant again, given that this has successfully made you conceive previously. An hCG shot can greatly increase your likelihood of getting pregnant in such a way that it can induce your ovulation as soon as 36 hours after receiving the shot. Aside from getting hCG trigger shots, taking fertility supplements such as Vitex and Clomid would be a good option as well.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Taking expired fertility drugs are considered to be unsafe and should be stopped immediately since it can cause unnecessary healthy complications. Expired fertility drugs may be huge contributing factor to your daughter-in-law’s miscarriages and your grandson’s heart defects. I recommend that your daughter-in-law should see her healthcare provider to determine the other more effects of expired fertility drugs to her body, and how it could be rightly treated.

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  • Rosa Provost

    I Am 25 and never got pregnant.. what is wrong with me

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  • Ms.kay

    I have hirsutism and I been trying for two yrs..I need help

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  • nana

    My wife and i have a baby girl three and half years ago but because of my sciatic back pain, I cannot stay long when making love and because of that, not more babies yet.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    You may want to visit a fertility specialist so you can have your health and family history evaluated if you are concerned why you have not been pregnant yet. There are a lot of reasons why you have not been able to conceive yet such as your partner’s fertility but it is best to have a medical professional’s advice.

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  • Sarah

    Hello, my name is sarah and I’m 24. My husband and I have been ttc for over 3 years now and I have no luck. I’ve been to the doctor and everything came back normal. My periods are so Irregular that last year I only got my period twice. I have been put on prolactin to restart my period. after I take I get a period then after I miss again. Do I keep taking this prescription? and stress is a big factor I believe my husband is a cop and I stress all the time. I am currently exercising and have lost 40lbs. I’m 145 now but it has been a slow transition so I’m thinking losing the weight isn’t really a factor. Is there some things I could do?

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    If you are trying to conceive, you may try other ways such as looking for sexual positions that will not strain your back or you can consult a fertility specialist to discuss fertility options such as ivf (in-vitro fertilization).

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  • Elena Ciccotelli

    I am 46 and living in the UK. Doctors here do not prescribe clomid etc, I need to go private and it is hugely expensive. I did all the tests and they told me my fertility is fine and I am not even in early menopause, it is just that in 2007 I lost one fallopian tube in an ectopic pregnancy where I was almost going to die. I have dual citizenship, American too, so do you think I can order it in the US? Any response would be much appreciated. Thank you

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  • cc

    Hunny 46 is a bit old to be having babies. I am sorry, but the chance that your baby will have a chromosome deficiency is tremendous. You should think about adoption!

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  • Tatum

    I’m 32 yrs old, and I have had 6 miscarriage. I would like to know will this work for me

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  • Liz

    I’ve been trying to get pregnant for the past 4 yrs. and nothing.I have a 14 yrs old from a previous relationship, I did have a second pregnancy but I lost that one. What can I do? Can I try prenatal vitamins? and just see where it goes from there.

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  • Karena

    Hello good day. I have been trying to get pregnant for a while. I am 22 yrs old. An I have been getting unregular periods. Do you tink if I try the pills it will work?

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  • Pooja Parmar

    Hi doctor I am 27 years old and completed two years of marriage. I am trying to conceive since 1 month. Pleade help me to tell that how can I pregnant with twins

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  • Kido

    Can one get Fertibela medication over the counter,Dr?Is the medictn available in South Africa?

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  • Faith

    Clomed didnt work for me but I cant afford the injectable hormones every month! SO do I not derve to have access to them because I cant fit the bill for 500.00 or more every month?! I feel like I have run out of options :-(

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  • Stacey b

    Staceyb,hi doctor’s I am 36 try to pregnant for I don’t know if I’m taking it correctly with is one time a day and if it safe to drink coffee and what can I take to help boosts and speed up my chances along with my conceiverasy supplements

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  • naledi

    Hey.I’ve been trying to get pregnant for 2years now,my doctor gave me clomihexal,boxxtet,folic acid,gold bullets and brewers yeast,I know what the folic acid is for and the clomihexal but not sure what the other pills are for and can clomihexal make u have those little abdomin pains and I get headaches

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  • Loralei Davis

    I am trying to get pregnant. I have 6 children, and my last is 16 years old, and no, I am not crazy!! I used the rhythm method with every pregnancy and never had an unexpected pregnancy. I have started having irregular cycles and am being very proactive with whole and healthy eating, as well as several different kinds of supplements and herbs. Any advice? I want this very badly. oh-one more thing-I am 51, almost 52 years old.

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  • khull

    Is it sage to buy clomid on the internet a friend of mine told me a site to buy it from

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  • miranda

    I feel like my walls in my vigina is very thin and I haven’t gotten pregnant been trying for 3years and feel like my bladder has dropped what do I do I can’t even have sex it feels loose

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