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Infertility Treatment and the Best Fertility Drugs for Women Over 35

2015-39.jpgIf you're a woman in your 30s, you're probably aware of that fact that a woman's fertility decreases after age 35. However, modern medical technology means you don't have to give up hope of becoming a mom after 35. There are many different types of fertility drugs available, so it's a good idea to understand which infertility treatment protocols are are ideal for women over 35.

Infertility Treatment for Women Over 35

Doctors use fertility drugs to adjust your natural hormone levels, stimulate the growth of multiple egg follicles, and trigger ovulation. All of these drugs are used to increase your chances of conception. Once your fertility specialist determines the most probable cause of your infertility, a customized treatment plan will be recommended.

Depending upon the cause of infertility, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) may be recommended. Should IUI treatment fail after more than two attempts, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is recommended.

Types of Fertility Drugs

  • Femara is an effective drug for women over the age of 35 undergoing IUI. It is prescribed in the case of ovulation problems or unexplained fertility, since it can help induce ovulation in women who cannot ovulate on their own.
  • Clomid is also used to induce the production of multiple eggs during one cycle. If you're over 35, you'll likely do well with cycles using Clomid since you will have a smaller ovarian reserve, and likely won't require the Follicle Stimulating Hormones (FSH) in conventional therapy.
  • Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Antagonist (GnFH antagonist) are often used together with FSH to regulate female hormone responses.
  • Lupron inhibits how much the pituitary gland controls the ovary. Doctors use these to prevent the ovary from releasing egg follicles too soon during an IVF cycle.

Hormones and other fertility medications

  • Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is an injection used to trigger ovulation. Your doctor will use it once your egg follicles are in a mature stage and ready to be surgically retrieved.
  • Progesterone via suppository or injection is prescribed to help supplement the natural progresterone your body produces after ovulation - or - after an hCG trigger injection during an IVF cycle. This supplemental hormone prepares your uterine lining for embryo implantation.
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormones (FSH) are a type of gonadotropin, ovulating-hormones produced by the pituitary gland. These injections stimulate the ovary directly to produce multiple eggs and may not be the best fertility drugs for women over 35.

Infertility Treatment for Women Over 35

The staff and doctors at New Hope Fertility NYC have decades of specialized experience helping women in their advanced maternal years. Our passion is to help you find the combination of treatment and medication that is ideal for your age and medical needs. To schedule a consultation with one of the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC, click the icon below and enter your information online - or - call 917.525.5496.

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