Medicines Enhancing Fertility
If you and your partner are trying to have a baby and you have yet to conceive,
perhaps it is time to take your medicine. Pharmaceuticals may be used alone, or
perhaps in combination with other fertility aids such as acupuncture, aromatherapy,
meditation relaxation techniques, fertility herbs, antioxidants, multivitamins,
and nutritional supplements among many other conception strategies.
Follistim and Gonal-F are fertility drugs which mimic the hormone FSH in your body.
These drugs are created in a lab using recombinant DNA technology. FSH is the hormone
which tells the oocytes in your ovaries to grow and mature. These medicines are
taken via injection, which you do yourself, and may be used during IVF or IUI treatment,
or with timed sexual intercourse at home.
Pergonal, Humegon, Repronex, Menopur
The fertility drugs Pergonal, Humegon, Repronex and Menopur
are combined LH and FSH, also known as human menopausal gonadotropins
(hMG). They are injectables and are not used commonly, but may be used in some special
These fertility drugs
are GnRH antagonists. This means that they work against the
hormones LH and FSH in the body, suppressing ovulation. This seem to be working
against conception, however these drugs are often used during IVF treatment, to
prevent the eggs being ovulated and "lost" inside the body before they can be retrieved.
Cough medicine? Actually, Robitussin® is an expectorant. Expectorants help to thin
out mucous. It is mostly used for coughing because once the mucous in your lungs
is thinned out, you can cough things up easier and clear out your airways. This
medicine is helpful to use when trying to conceive because not only does it thin
out the mucous in your lungs it will also make your cervical mucous thinner and
more slippery. This can be very helpful for women that are not producing slippery
fertile cervical mucous.
This was designed specifically for trying-to-conceive women who are over the age
of 30, however, OvaBoost is also intended to optimize egg quality and ovarian function
in trying to conceive women of all ages. This can be an issue as while there is
no way to increase the number of eggs that a woman has, it is possible to improve
the quality of her eggs.
This is a drug that makes the body more sensitive to the hormone insulin. It is
licensed as a treatment for diabetes but is also effective for treating ovulation
problems in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It may be used on its own
or in combination with clomifene.
This is the most well-known fertility drug, probably because it is the most commonly used.
About 25% of female factor infertility involves a problem with ovulation,
which is what Clomid treats. Clomid is taken as a pill, and not an injection, like
stronger fertility drugs. It is also effective, stimulating ovulation 80% of the
time. Clomid may also be marketed under the name Serophene, or you may see it sold
under its generic name, clomiphene citrate.
This drug is used to correct a hormonal imbalance that can prevent your ovaries
from releasing an egg every month. You might benefit from taking bromocriptine if
you have too much of the hormone prolactin in your body. Too much prolactin reduces
levels of the hormone oestrogen. This, in turn, causes problems with ovulation,
making it difficult to get pregnant. You can take bromocriptine as tablets that
you swallow or as capsules that you insert into your vagina. The brand name for
bromocriptine is Parlodel.
This list is not all-inclusive and is not presented to serve as medical consultation.
As with any health matters it is very important to speak with your doctor before
beginning any course of treatment or taking any medications. There is a lot to know
when it comes to getting pregnant. Talk with your physician to help you make informed
and correct decisions about conception or any other health concerns.