Do fertility medications and supplements work?
If you or your partner are having trouble getting pregnant, certain medications and supplements can be used as fertility treatments. Fertility drugs are the main treatment for women who infertile due to ovulation disorders, and they can regulate or stimulate ovulation. Fertility medication and supplements essentially work like natural hormones (luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone) to stimulate better eggs or extra egg production.
What are some of the more common medications and supplements?
Some of the most common fertility drugs and supplements include:
- Clomiphene, which stimulates ovulation by causing the pituitary gland to release more hormones. This can result in the growth of an ovarian follicle containing an egg.
- Letrozole, which works in a similar fashion as Clomiphene. It may induce ovulation, however, it is not used for ovulation induction as frequently as other drugs. This due to the fact that we do not know the effect this medication has on early pregnancy.
- Gonadotropins, which stimulate the ovary directly to produce multiple eggs, instead of stimulating the pituitary gland to release more hormones.
- Metformin, which is used when insulin resistance is the suspected or known cause of infertility. It can improve the likelihood of ovulation in women with a diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Bromocriptine, which is used when ovulation problems are caused by excess production of prolactin (a hormone that is normally elevated in pregnant and nursing women) by the pituitary gland.
What are the side effects?
Fertility medications and supplements all come with different side effects. In order to learn more about which fertility drugs can help you get pregnant, and their corresponding side effects, schedule an appointment with your doctor or OB/GYN.
Request fertility treatments in the San Fernando Valley
Women in the San Fernando Valley can receive fertility medications and supplements at Premier Women’s Health Associates in West Hills, California. Whether you’re struggling with fertility or you feel you may be infertile, we can help. Request an appointment online or give us a call at (818) 346-5000. We will determine the best treatment option(s) for you and will prescribe the medication necessary to increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Find out how we can help you today.