What are Injectables for Infertility?

on Jan 20, 2013

by Alyssia Granger

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Fertility injections are a common fertility treatment for women when Clomid doesn't work. Find out the different types of injections, success rates, and possible side effects.

When it comes to being infertile there are steps that need to be taken before you make it to fertility injections. First, trying naturally; depending on your age this will be anywhere from six to twelve months. This can last longer; it just depends on your age. If that doesn’t work then typically your doctor will put you on a pill form of fertility treatment. The most common fertility pill is known as Clomid, your doctor may discuss this with you at this point. If all else fails, there comes fertility injections. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

HCG injection

Your fertility injections will honestly depend upon what the reason is that you are infertile, how your doctor believes that shot might help you, and what other medications you might be taking. If you are doing intrauterine insemination (IUI) then you technically are receiving an “injection” of the eggs and sperm into your uterus in hopes of implantation. However, in some cases the doctor might have you inject with the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone as well with IUI.

Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)

This is a hormone that helps regulate the reproductive system. Women have this in their bodies and if this level were to be thrown off it can cause infertility. Drugs that contain FSH are:


Human menopausal gonadotropin (HMG)

This hormone helps to stimulate the ovaries in order to produce more of the follicle stimulating hormone and the luteinizing hormone. This helps to release more eggs and further the odds of becoming pregnant.

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)

This hormone is commonly found in pregnant women but can be injected into the un-pregnant woman to help stimulate the ovaries to release the more mature egg or eggs. This is typically injected if you are on other fertility medications already.

What fertility injections do

The particular drugs listed can be used for a number of things. The most common is to spark ovulation and “help” the process along.

Where do you give the injections?

These injection sites are usually the arm, stomach, or upper thigh. Fatty area is the most common place to receive these shots.

Success rate & side effects

These drugs are not 100% effective. Of the women that take them and are able to ovulate almost 50% are able to conceive. However, with the good comes the bad; these fertility injections may also cause side effects.

*blood blisters
*bruising at the injection site
*ovarian hyper stimulation

If you experience any of these conditions, contact your doctor to see what he or she would like to do about the problem. Be aware that with fertility injections you run the risk of having multiple children at once. This is common with women who have fertility injections.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

  • Sassy

    I have been trying to get pregnant for 7yrs im 25. Do you think i should try taking fertility pills?

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  • mommade2

    Hi. I was diognosed with PCOS in 2004 and have been TTC since 2010. I started taking DCI 2 months ago. My blood work did show a change for the better but even with taking DCI and Metformin no AF. Can Vitex help? I did do one round of clomid and HCG injection and no luck. (we only did Timed Intercource) I hope in May that we will try again but this time with IUI.

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