Effective & Successful Fertility Treatments
Common drugs and injections used to treat infertility
The most commonly used fertility drugs are clomiphene citrate, letrozole and gonadotropins. The purpose of fertility drugs is to induce ovulation.
Clomiphene citrate and letrozole are taken in pill form. They stimulate the brain to increase levels of pituitary hormones, such as FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). As the name suggests, FSH stimulates follicular growth and maturation in the ovaries.
Intake usually begins at the start of the menstrual cycle, with the patient taking five days of pills. Most patients under this drug may conceive within the first four cycles.
If you still can’t conceive after three cycles, it may be time to try another type of fertility drug to induce ovulation or another treatment option.
Gonadotropins are fertility drugs that mimic the hormones normally secreted by the pituitary gland and are administered by injection.
Because gonadotropins have the potential for greater stimulation in the patient, the ovarian response is monitored closely to determine the degree of stimulation, the size of the developing follicles, and the best time to stimulate ovulation.
Gonadotropins can be used in conjunction with intrauterine insemination (IUI) or as part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure at our fertility clinic.