Fertility medications stimulate your ovaries so they produce eggs and help prepare your body to receive an embryo. If you're struggling to conceive, fertility medication could make all the difference under the team's expert treatment at the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Winter Park and Celebration, Florida. They select the fertility medication that’s most suitable for you from a variety of options, giving you the best possible chance of successful conception. Find out more by calling the office nearest you today or use the online form to book an appointment.
Fertility medications form an essential element of treatment for infertility. Sometimes they help with assisted reproduction therapies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). In other cases, they are the primary treatment.
The Center for Reproductive Medicine team uses a range of different fertility medications.
Some examples of the different types of fertility medication your provider might prescribe include:
Progesterone is a hormone your ovaries make, along with estrogen. You need adequate levels of progesterone so the lining of your uterus can thicken to get ready for embryo implantation. If you undergo egg retrieval for a course of IVF, you're likely to need supplements because the egg harvesting process removes some of the cells that produce progesterone.
The oral fertility medication clomiphene citrate (available as Serophene® or Clomid®) works by making your body produce more follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). This medication is typically one of the initial options for inducing ovulation, as it causes few side effects. It does increase your chances of having twins to 7-8%.
Letrozole (Femara®) is an alternative to clomiphene citrate that works directly on your ovaries. It causes even fewer side effects and is less likely to result in multiple gestation.
There are also several types of gonadotropins that the Center for Reproductive Medicine team uses to treat infertility.
Gonadotropins such as Bravelle®, Follistim®, and Gonal-F®, are injectable fertility medications that directly stimulate your ovaries.
They contain highly purified follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which causes your ovaries to bring multiple eggs to maturity at once. Gonadotropins help induce ovulation during IVF. There are two main types of gonadotropins:
Human menopausal gonadotropin or hMG (brand names Repronex® or Menopur®) contains both FSH and luteinizing hormone (LH). The team at the Center for Reproductive Medicine uses this injectable fertility medication to induce ovulation for both IVF and non-IVF patients.
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), available as Ovidrel®, is a hormone your body normally releases once an embryo implants itself in your uterine lining.
The effects of hCG are very like those of LH, which triggers the final stages of egg maturation and release. The Center for Reproductive Medicine team uses hCG to initiate ovulation in combination with other fertility medications.
It's important to note that hCG is the hormone that pregnancy tests detect. As a result, if you've been on supplementary hCG and do an at-home pregnancy test, it might produce a false positive. The only way to confirm pregnancy in these cases is to have a lab test to measure your actual hCG levels.
To find out more about fertility medication or schedule a consultation, call the Center for Reproductive Medicine today or book an appointment online.