4 Most Prescribed Fertility Enhancing Drugs

on Aug 27, 2012

by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Fertility is one sensitive subject when it comes to couples that are struggling to have a child. It is highly important for the couple to know everything there is to know about fertility issues in order to overcome the difficulties in conceiving. Some women would go for natural fertility drugs to stimulate ovulation and increase the chances of having a baby. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Fertility drugs are quite a controversial subject. Some people do not trust drugs, despite their beneficial effect. Some women who have fertility issues do not feel very comfortable when they are advised to take them, because they worry about side effects. But not all drugs have side effects (most of the natural ones do not).

Take a look at the 4 most widely prescribed fertility drugs that have proven highly efficient in infertility treatments:


This fertility drug is the most widely used for enhancing and regulating ovulation. It is the first option for most women who are trying to get pregnant, due to its efficiency and lack of side effects. Clomid helps release the hormones that stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs. It generally works for 60 to 80% of the women following the treatment, but doctors recommend it for no more than 6 months. How to take Clomid is easy – just start on day 2 or day 5 of your cycle, and take Clomid for 5 days straight. Then wait to ovulate!


It is usually recommended when women prove to be resistant to the treatment with Clomid. It involves the Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and it is prescribed for ovulation problems. Unlike Clomid, Follistim is an injection and it is to be taken only at doctor’s recommendations after the patient takes a long series of tests.


This drug provides the same hormone, FSH, although it is usually combined with hCG, which is another hormone: human chorionic gonadotropin. This combination will help with the growth of the egg, increasing the fertilization chances. Blood tests are required before and while taking this treatment.


This medication is usually used as a follow up treatment after finishing menotropins. It is also a fertility drug that mimics the Luteinizing Hormone in order to stimulate ovulation, especially when the patient is diagnosed with primary ovarian failure. It will be administrated as an intramuscular injection, and it is usually given by a health care professional.

Of course, as with any type of drug, people tend to be suspicious about possible side effects. If the patient follows all the instructions and is carefully monitored by a doctor, there should be no worries in this regard.

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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.

  • bradleyvolney

    I have Crohn’s Disease and ive been trying to get pregnant for about a year now. How can.i get pregnant? Please help

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    The majority of women who have Crohn’s disease can get pregnant without undue risk to themselves or the baby. Before you get pregnant, though, I recommend you talk with your doctor and plan how you’ll manage the disease during pregnancy. Review your medications and your treatment plan with your doctor. Work with your doctor to become as healthy as possible. To best manage all aspects of your care during and after pregnancy, work carefully with the doctor you’re seeing for Crohn’s disease, as well as your obstetrician and your baby’s pediatrician. Collaboration among these physicians is important. They can work with you and each other to plan care designed to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

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  • Marlene Moodley

    Hi there…I have been trying to fall pregnant for 6 years but without success…i went to the gynae several times, been on clomid for over a year, nothing happened.  Gynaes say they cannot pick up anything wrong with me or my husband…They dont seem to understand the seriousness of this situation…..i am sure that i just dont have the right gynae to assit me….i do all my own homework ont he internet, at the chemists trying to find ways to conceive…I am now on Viabotics (conception pills) and i am also on centrum (vitamin tablets)…I feel like I need to try everything under the sun to try and fall pregnant.  It really is affecting me emotionally, physically and mentally.  I am 35 years old and I feel time is leaving me behind…I cannot even concentrate on my work without thinking what am i doing wrong or whom can i contact or where can I go to try elsewhere…..I am a true beleiver of Christ and praying that my one dream will be answered of being a mother….I think what hurts me the worst is that i know that my husband is so hurt cos he just loves kids and i feel that is the one thing that i cant give…we adore other kids but have not given up as yet….Everyone around me are having kids and that hurts me more, I am very happy for them but not for me….please help…

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Since you don’t seem to have underlying infertility issues and you’re only 35 years old, there is still a very good chance for you to conceive. I do recommend that you closely monitor your fertile window and your ovulation date, and increase your sexual activity during this period. Each couple’s chances of conception may be determined by various factors, and it is best that you avoid stressing out yourself too much. Instead of taking Viabotics, you should try taking 50 mg of Clomid from days 4 through 9 of your cycles for 6 months in order to fully boost your body’s fertility. However; it is important that you initially consult your doctor first before taking these pills.

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  • Enyonam Diviner

    Am eager to get pregnant am 36years old what should I do?

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  • florence

    i have TTC for a year now with no avail i have one sided painful menstruation , the pain extend to the thigh during menses. i have always noted when ovulating since i started menses but for the past 10 months i have not seen any sign of ovulation .kindly help

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  • Neekan

    Hello there, my wife and I have been TTC for over TWO years now and we have seen several doctors who conducted several tests on us and confirmed that we were both ok and fertile. Will be it be okay if we go for CLOMID? Thanks in anticipation.

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