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Fertility Injections & Medication at Footsteps To Fertility Centre

Fertility injections and medications are often the most appropriate first choice for couples who have been trying to conceive, but are having difficulty. In order to determine whether non-surgical treatment with fertility medications is appropriate for you, you need to have an accurate infertility diagnosis.

This requires a comprehensive evaluation of both partners’ medical history and thorough diagnostic tests. The results of these tests help Footsteps To Fertility Centre’s fertility specialist in Kenya determine whether fertility drugs are likely to result in your conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy.

At Footsteps To Fertility Centre, we are able to treat a fair number of infertility cases with just fertility medications.We specialize in providing our patients with the best individualized fertility plans.

Feel free to contact us. We are more than happy to work with you to develop a treatment plan that takes into consideration your age, family goals, and personal preferences.

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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.

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There are several types of gonadotropins your fertility specialist may use:

  • FSH (follicle stimulating hormone)

  • Mixture of FSH and LH (luteinizing hormone) – also called hMG , or human menopausal gonadotropin

  • HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin)

If you are like many people, you cringe at the thought of shots at the doctor’s office, jabbing yourself with a needle at home, or asking your partner to inject your fertility medicine. With instructions and a little practice, you can make fertility injections a low-impact and routine part of your day.

Feel free to contact us. We will schedule a consultation for you with our fertility specialist who will evaluate your individual condition and provide you with personalized recommendations for infertility treatment.

Role of complementary therapy in IVF

  • Low dose aspirin (LDA) has been widely used as a supplementary treatment to IVF particularly in recurrent IVF failure or miscarriages.  LDA thins the blood and relaxes the blood vessels.

  • Heparin thins the blood and improves pregnancy outcomes in women who have APS. Hypercoagulation (thickening) of maternal blood due to the autoimmune disorder Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) is associated with recurrent miscarriage. It is sometimes given to women who have experienced repeated IVF failure based the theory that potentially altered maternal blood coagulation status and micro clot formation could interfere with different stages of embryo implantation.

  • Testosterone is a male sex steroid hormone that is primarily secreted by the ovaries of females and the testes of males. Testosterone promotes growth of larger follicles. Increased intra-ovarian concentration of testosterone may enhance the responsiveness of ovaries to Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH).

  • Glucocorticoids are steroid hormones with potent anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties. It has been suggested that the use of glucocorticoids may improve the intrauterine environment and embryo implantation in some patients. This has been linked to the immune cells in the uterus called Natural Killer (NK) cells.

  • Multi-vitamins and fertility

    Many multivitamins are considered beneficial to overall well-being, including:

    • Antioxidants – may protect cells from damage by free radicals in environmental and other toxins.
    • Vitamin E – an antioxidant that may promote circulation to the reproductive system, including to the placenta,
    • Vitamin C – an antioxidant important within the ovary itself and egg maturation and ovulation.
    • Mixed carotenoids – vitamin A (retinoid) is involved in creating DNA. In small amounts it is essential for healthy fetal development, particularly for the immune system and eyes.
    • Manganese – involved in enzyme functions that have antioxidant effects and transfer genetic information.
    • Zinc – an important nutrient for a healthy reproductive system and involved in sexual development, ovulation and the menstrual cycle.
    • Omega-3 fatty acids – a woman’s fat tissue stores retain a reserve of these fatty acids for the developing fetus

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