Pros and Cons of Fertility Treatments
For some people who want to conceive a child, it is not possible without medical assistance. One of the ways that science has increased the rate of fertilization is by making medicines for this purpose. If your doctor suggests you take fertility drugs for your particular situation, you can learn all about these drugs before continuing on this path.
What are fertility Medications Used For?
- Fertility drugs have been controversial in recent years. Many people do have concerns about them, but like other forms of fertility treatments-there are advantages and disadvantages.
- Sometimes medications are used to predict and pinpoint and the time of the woman's ovulation. Ovulation is the time of a woman's menstrual cycle when an egg or eggs are released from the ovary. There is a window of opportunity at this time the pregnancy is likely to happen.
- Drugs are also sometimes used to produce an increased number of eggs. More eggs translate to better chances to conceive. Normally, a woman releases a single egg during her menstrual cycle. The increase in the number of eggs increases the chances of fertilization.
- Medications can also be for men. When a man's sperm count is low or when slow, the fertility medication can be used to help increase sperm count and mobility.
Common Fertility Meds
Fertility medications should really be your next to last resort for attempting pregnancy. You should try other natural means first. If you have exhausted all alternative methods and still cannot get pregnant, then your doctor may recommend fertility drugs. Some of the most common fertility medications are:
- Clomid – Clomid is an anti-estrogen medication officially known as clomiphene citrate. It is often prescribed to women in order to increase egg production. This drug stimulates testosterone production, which may also be used to increase sperm production in some men.
- Gonal-F – Gonal F copies the actions of the FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). FSH is one of the hormones that facilitate meiosis in the ovaries. This process turns immature cells into mature eggs.
- Fertinex – Fertinex has similar properties to Gonal-F. The main difference is that the FSH hormone used is actually taken from other women donors. While the FSH hormone for Gonal -f is lab-manufactured.
- Novarel – Novarel copies the LH or Luteinizine hormone in the body. The LH hormone is responsible for making sure that ovulation happens every month.
- The drugs have produced positive result. If done properly, the medications can increase the chances of conception. Even when other procedures fail, using fertility medication along can increase the chances of pregnancy.
- Unfortunately, there can be serious issues. Starting fertility treatments can be expensive. The cost for each pill or injection may be cost-prohibitive for most people.
- Many of these drugs involve injections, possibly multiple injections over a period of months – or years until the woman becomes pregnant. If you are not comfortable with needles, you might have to consider other options.
Other Side Effects Include
Other side effects of fertility medications are:
- Mood swings
- Hormonal fits
- Multiple pregnancies and its associated health issues
- The extra costs associated with multiple pregnancies