Fertility Drugs

Fertility drugs may be prescribed to women with infertility to assist in conceiving.  For women who don’t already ovulate, these medications can induce ovulation (release of an egg).  For those who already ovulate, they can be used to cause the release of more than one egg to improve the chances of conceiving.

 

Fertility Drugs Types

Reproductive endocrinologists often prescribe medications, commonly called fertility drugs, to assist a woman in becoming pregnant.

 

Ovulation induction drugs

– these medications aid the ovaries in releasing eggs. They work to stimulate ovulation that is not occurring or to increase the number of eggs that develop and ovulate. Common types of ovulation induction drugs are listed below:

 

 

Fertility drugs are important tools in the treatment of infertility. However, like most medical therapies, they carry some risk. Fertility specialists carefully monitor women taking fertility drugs since the drugs are associated with a higher risk of both pregnancy with multiples and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, a condition associated with swollen and painful ovaries.

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