Commonly Prescribed Fertility Drugs

on Mar 18, 2016

by Dr. Christine Lee, MD

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These are all drugs that are popular when it comes to fertility issues. Make sure you discuss them with your doctor in order to determine which one is the best for you.

For many couples, fertility drugs are an important part of the pregnancy journey. Since there are many reasons couples may suffer from infertility, there are several options to choose from. The best option is to discuss your particular issues with your doctor in order to find the best option for you. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

However, most couples fall into a few different categories when it comes to infertility, there are some that are more popular than others. Here are a few of the most popular options when it comes to fertility drugs.


This is one of the first prescribed fertility drugs that you will likely start with. It is designed to help women control when they ovulate. For many women, it is also a drug that can help them start ovulating when they haven’t been able to in the past. Most women who begin taking Clomid are able to start ovulating within the first three cycles.


This is a popular drug that is used to treat issues related to breast cancer in postmenopausal women. However, it is actually pretty effective at helping women without these issues to start ovulating. Sometimes, this is a drug that is used when Clomid fails to work properly. However, there are quite a few more risks related with this drug, so it is not used as often as other options.


Some women struggle to become pregnant because they are not able to become pregnant because they are not able to produce the right amount of FSH. This hormone is important because it is what causes the eggs to grow and mature. For these women, Gonal-F is an option. Gonal-F has been shown to mimic FSH in the body and is quite effective at helping mature and release the eggs.


Another issue that women experience in relation to their hormones is a lack of LH. LH is a hormone that helps trigger ovulation. When LH is not plentiful enough, women will not be able to ovulate correctly. Ovidrel is a drug that helps with this process and causes women to start ovulating. This is an injectable drug that is often used after a drug that increases FSH, like Gonal-F.

Drugs used with Fertility Treatments

When a woman is undergoing a fertility treatment like IVF, it is extremely important that she is able to ovulate at a specific time. Some of the drugs that doctors will prescribe when they are looking to create this situation are Lupron, Zoladex and Synarel. These drugs all cause an initial spike in LH and FSH, but then limit the amount of these hormones after this point. This helps to greatly control when a woman ovulates.

These are all drugs that are popular when it comes to fertility issues. Make sure you discuss them with your doctor in order to determine which one is the best for you. Regardless of your situation, there is likely to be a drug out there for you to take.

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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).

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