Which Fertility Drugs Have The Highest Success Rates?
Infertility is much more common place than it once was. Some experts even suggest that as many as half of all couples will suffer from some form or some degree of infertility at some point in their lives.
However, infertility is no longer the end of the road on your journey to trying to conceive, and most of the couples who suffer from fertility troubles go on to have at least one, and sometimes more than that, healthy pregnancies on down the line.
One of the things that has made infertility more manageable is the number of fertility drugs for women that are on the market today. Let’s learn a little bit more about these drugs.
A lot of women do not realize it, but there are actually many options out there for fertility drugs that you can purchase over the counter, without a doctor’s prescription. These drugs are very popular because they do not require trips to the doctor in order to obtain the drugs, and they are usually much cheaper than their prescription counterparts.
Fertility treatments can be very costly, and can deplete a family’s savings quickly. By trying over the counter fertility drugs first, couples can try to keep those high costs to a minimum. Another reason that over the counter fertility drugs are so popular is because they usually are all natural.
Think of them as high power vitamins, or herbal supplements. Women who are trying to conceive have to be very careful about the things that they put into their bodies, and over the counter fertility drugs offer a safe, drug free solution.
Many women turn to regular old prenatal vitamins as an over the counter fertility drug choice. These are fine to use when you are trying to conceive, although you might ask your doctor to recommend a brand for you, just to make sure that you are getting all of the right ingredients.
If herbal supplements are something that interests you, there are literally hundreds out there that have been used for many years to boost fertility. It might take some research, but you should be able to find the right ones for you fairly easily.
There are also TTC Kits on the market, that contain a fertility blend, which is many different herbal supplements, vitamins, minerals, etc.. Which are combined into one easy to use pill. If this is something that interests you, the ConceiveEasy TTC Kit is a great one to try.
If you see a doctor about your fertility issues, chances are you will be prescribed an oral fertility medication as a first course of action. There are a few different ones out there that are used regularly.
The most common fertility drug on the market today, by far, is Clomid. Clomid is sometimes sold under the brand name of Serophene. Clomid is a very successful fertility drug. It is an anti-estrogen drug, which means that it sort of “tricks” the body into ovulating.
So, just how successful is Clomid? Pretty darn successful. Up to 80 percent of women who take the drug will begin ovulating within three cycles, and up to 50 percent of those women will end up pregnant within three cycles. This is why Clomid is usually the first drug of choice, because of how successful it is.
It is also a drug that is well tolerated, for the most part. The symptoms and side effects of Clomid often mimic the symptoms of pregnancy, so women are usually able to deal with them pretty easily. Some of the most common side effects include headache, bloating, fatigue, and nausea.
There are other oral prescription fertility drugs for women as well, although they are not as popular or as well known as Clomid. Metformin, for example, is a drug normally given to diabetes patients who have trouble with insulin resistance. However, it is also a very helpful drug for some women who are suffering from infertility that is related to PCOS.
Women with PCOS often have trouble with insulin resistance as well, and begin on a drug like Metformin can help to combat that issue, as well as regulate hormones and help ovulation return to normal. As you can see, there are many helpful drugs out there, even if Clomid is the one that gets the most publicity.
There are still other fertility drugs for women that are available by prescription, however these drugs are injectable drugs instead of oral drugs. These drugs are known as gonadotropins, and they are a little bit stronger than oral drugs like Clomid. For this reason, they are usually only given when oral drugs prove ineffective.
Some injectable hormones need to go into the muscle, and some just need to go under the skin. The dosage of the drug will also vary according to each particular case. Sometimes injectable hormones have more serious side effects than oral medications, so make sure that you talk to your doctor before beginning such treatments.
Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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