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10 Surprising Facts about Fertility Drugs You Didn't Know Before

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024

In case a woman is not able to conceive after a year of trying or can’t sustain pregnancy, doctors recommend fertility treatment. One of the common methods to treat infertility is by prescribing fertility drugs.



Let’s discuss in length about fertility drugs and their facts.

Fertility drugs are hormone stimulating medicines which are given to regulate ovulation in women. The aim is to produce one mature egg during each treatment cycle. These drugs help in conception when women suffer from ovulation problems, thyroid and eating disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome, weight issues and high prolactin levels or issues with LH and FSH levels.

FACTS about Fertility Drugs

Right diagnosis-Fertility drug or other treatment

Your doctor will do a series of tests and ultrasound to determine the cause of infertility. You may have to keep track of your menstrual cycle pattern, record the basal body temperature every morning. Based on the inferences, the diagnosis will be made and fertility drugs will be given. In case the chances of conception are less with fertility drugs, other treatment options will be considered.

Goal of Fertility Drugs

The aim of fertility drugs is to induce ovulation. Women who have ovulation issues are given fertility drugs to produce a matured egg.

Side effects

The side effects of the fertility drugs are few but don’t last long. Mood changes, bloating, nausea, headache and breast tenderness are common side effects of using fertility drugs.

OHSS condition

Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome is a condition where ovaries become enlarged and body’s chemical and fluid balance is disrupted with use of fertility drugs. This condition affects only 1 to 2 percent of women who use fertility drugs.

Risk of multiple births

Fertility drugs increases the risk of multiple births. There is a high possibility that one or more eggs will be fertilized when medicines are given to treat infertility.

Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy is where the embryo implants outside the uterus, usually in one of the fallopian tubes. The risk of this condition goes up when fertility drugs are used.

Injectable fertility drugs

When fertility drugs like Clomid does not work on its own, doctor may inject hormones to trigger ovulation. The success rate of using inject able fertility drugs is higher than fertility drugs being used alone.

Herbal Fertility Supplements

Some herbal fertility supplements like black cohosh, red clover help in restoring hormonal imbalance. This in turn helps in regularizing ovulation and hence conception. However, there is no clinical evidence supporting these supplements do work well. It’s only the FDA approved fertility drugs that have improved chances of getting pregnant as per research and data analysis. 

When not the right treatment?

In case a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked or there is some structural abnormality in any part of her reproductive system, fertility drugs will not help. Surgery option can be the choice of treatment then.

General health

Fertility drugs work the best when you are in good shape of health. Try incorporating regular exercise and right diet in your daily routine. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol and limit coffee intake.

Women, who seek fertility treatment, either are able to conceive with fertility drugs or combining fertility drugs with an ART technique. The chances to get pregnant are higher when right diagnosis and appropriate treatment is given at the right time.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only, based on industry experience and secondary sources. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for health or insurance-related decisions. Content is subject to change, refer to current policy wordings for specific ACKO details.



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