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What Are The Differences Between Common Fertility Drugs

What Are The Differences Between Common Fertility Drugs 

Common fertility drugs are widely used during fertility care.  Through the use of these medications we are able to stimulate your body to be more fertile allowing for you to start and support a pregnancy.  While it is widely known that common fertility drugs have side effects, understanding the difference between fertility medications may make your fertility journey less stressful.  Often, it is the unknown that makes things frightening.  pregnancy-doctor

Common fertility drugs and their uses include:

  • Birth Control Pills - Birth Control Pills function by controlling your body’s production of LH and FSH.  By controlling these hormones your menstrual cycle is stopped.  Once you stop taking the pill your cycle will begin again.  Birth Control Pills allow your cycle to be stopped and then started again.  Doctors will prescribe this medication to align your cycle with a predetermined time line.  Some women have reported experiencing bloating, nausea, and headaches while taking the Birth Control Pill. 
  • Clomid – Clomid works by convincing your body that it has low levels of estrogen.  Your body responds by producing additional LH and FSH.  These hormones trigger ovulation and the maturation of eggs.  Often, Clomid is the first fertility medication prescribed to women who are having difficulty while trying to conceive.  Through the use of Clomid, your ovaries can be stimulated to produce more eggs than you would have naturally.  Hot flashes, headaches, and breast tenderness are common side effects experienced while taking Clomid. 
  • Femara – Femara is a fertility medication that also stimulates your body to produce additional follicles and promote ovulation by suppressing estrogen.  Femara is taken orally in tandem with fertility care procedures that are timed to have fertilization happen immediately after ovulation.  There are some side effects that are commonly reported with Femara. Reported side effects include hot flashes, headache, weight gain, general body discomfort, and loss of appetite.
  • Estrace – Estrace is a form of estrogen that is used to supplement the estrogen your body produces on its own.  Estrace results in both thickening of the lining of your uterus and increasing the amount of secretions from your cervix.  Both of these reactions promote fertilization and implantation.  Common side effects while taking Estrace include

A conversation with one of our fertility specialists can help your understanding on how common fertility drugs can help you become a parent.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.

 

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