The successful use of key fertility medications is the backbone of any infertility treatment plan. There are many medical conditions that can be corrected through key fertility medications alone, such as ovulation disorders due to PCOS. Fertility medications greatly increase a woman’s chances of conceiving and carrying a baby to full term.
Fertility Medication Expertise
Fertility drugs are used to stimulate the ovaries and control the menstrual cycle. Fertility drugs like Clomid® and Gonadotropins (FSH injections) make ovulation induction possible.
- Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid®)
- Letrozole (Femara)
- Gonadotropins (Injectables)
- Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, hCG (Ovidrel®)
- Leuprolide (Lupron® and Ganirelix)
Ovulation induction is often a critical part of the infertility process. During this step, women take medication to increase their likelihood of producing healthy eggs.
There are three common ovulation induction medications:
- Gonadotropin (FSH)
These medications differ in:
In some cases, these medications can be combined. The Infertility Doctor will determine which medication – or – combination of medication is best for you based on your customized treatment protocol.
A Breakdown of Fertility Medications
- Lupron® is the trade name for an injectable leuprolide acetate used to prevent premature ovulation. Lupron® gives the patient’s body the opportunity to produce a higher number of quality eggs during the IVF cycle. Lupron® essentially switches off the pituitary gland in terms of its ability to produce follicle stimulating hormones and luteinizing hormones. Brand name Ganirelix may be used instead.
- Gonadotropins are follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) injections. Brand names including Bravelle®, Follistim®, Menopur®, and Gonal-F®, stimulate the follicles that contain the eggs during the stimulation phase of the IVF cycle.
- Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) are injections used during ovarian stimulation to trigger the maturation of the eggs and prepare them for retrieval. These hCG injections simulate the effects that an increase in luteinizing hormone would have in a woman going through natural ovulation. Lupron can also be used with certain stimulation protocols.
- Progesterone thickens a woman’s uterine lining to sustain a pregnancy when embryo implantation occurs. During IVF, a woman’s body generally does not produce enough progesterone to create a sufficiently thick uterine lining to support early embryo implantation. In this case, progesterone in various forms can be administered to augment the body’s natural supply until the placenta is able to produce adequate amounts.
Fertility Medication Expertise
At his beautiful Hoffman Estates IL location, Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs offers customized fertility medication expertise for every patient’s treatment protocol.
- Diagnostic Testing and Corrective Treatments
- Non-invasive IUI – Intrauterine Insemination – artificial insemination
- IVF – In Vitro Fertilization – including using donor eggs
- Genetic Testing and Gender Selection in conjunction with IVF
- Egg Donor & Gestational Carrier IVF cycles
- Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) procedures
- Cryopreservation – Oocyte (egg), Embryo, Sperm
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