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Fertility Pills: 4 Most Common Fertility Drugs
on Aug 25, 2012
by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Looking for fertility pills to battle infertility? Check out the 4 most common fertility pills on the market.
Infertility frequently results from the upset equilibrium of the menstrual cycle and improper ovulation, a complex symptom that needs thorough medical investigation and adequate attention. A possible step in restoring the balance of your reproductive system is the administration of fertility pills prescribed by a reproductive endocrinologist, so here we would like to offer some guidance by describing the top 4 most frequently prescribed drugs. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Effective and used for more than 20 years, this prescription medication is often recommended to restore normal ovulation periods. Clomid is an anti-estrogen. That is, it acts by blocking estrogen receptors, while also stimulating the release of certain hormones, triggering a healthy ovulatory rhythm and the production of sufficient healthy eggs by the ovaries. Of women who are not ovulating, 75-80% of those that take Clomid will ovulate. The success rate is quite high.
It is frequently prescribed for women whose bodies produce too much prolactin. This hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and if it is present in abnormally high levels in the body, it can reduce estrogen levels in the blood, causing menstrual and ovulatory disorders that are frequent underlying causes of infertility. It is also used for treating the symptoms related to the premenstrual syndrome like breast pain and bloating. Parlodel is the brand name for the fertility drug, bromocriptine. Nearly half of the women given Parlodel will begin ovulating and, of those women, many will conceive a short time later.
Another prescription medication used to induce pregnancy is Femara. The active component in Femara is a substance called Letrazole. Frequently used by patients suffering from PCOS or who do not tolerate Clomid well, this drug acts by suppressing the production of estrogen and it also contributes to the thickening of the lining in the uterus, thus promoting an environment that favors the fertilization of the egg. Clinical studies have also shown that the treatment with this drug reduces the risk of miscarriage.
PCOS is frequently identified as a major cause of female infertility. According to certain clinical studies, PCOS is also oftentimes accompanied by insulin resistance. The drug Metformin has been successfully used to reduce insulin resistance in diabetes patients. As insulin resistance leads to ovulatory disorders or often complete anovulation, Metformin restores healthy insulin metabolisation and proven to be efficient in treating PCOS-related infertility as well.
These fertility pills are used to help women with an abnormal ovulatory cycle to get pregnant, which is the most common cause of infertility in women. They act upon the hormonal balance of the body by regulating over or underproduction, thus restoring regular ovulation. These medications are usually prescribed by an endocrinologist or a fertility specialist after careful and thorough medical investigation; the permanent monitoring of the administration of these drugs is also recommended.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.