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Independent Info & News Regarding IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)
My name is Neville Pettersson and I am the webmaster and chief editor of this website. I’m happily married with 2 kids
There are three main fertility drugs which you can take to increase your chances of conception. This short article is going to describe each of these in plain English for you. I'm going to cover how they’re taken, what the drug does and also what your likely chances of success will be.
Before I go any further I'll start by letting you know that even the most effective fertility drugs have only a maximum 50% success rate, and this is the absolute best case scenario. If you really want a cheaper and better way to guarantee results I'd highly advise you to check out some of the professional pregnancy programs on this page. Most of them offer success rates over +90%.
In terms of fertility drugs, the most highly prescribed and taken is clomiphene citrate, more commonly known as Clomid, Serophene and Milophene. Clomid is generally taken orally as a pill or tablet and is usually the first drug of choice for most fertility treatments. The basic purpose of Clomid is boost ovulation. Clomid works by stimulating the pituitary gland to release more of the hormones responsible for helping the ovaries to produce eggs.
Clomid provides a quick fix to most infertility problems and is given to anyone diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Unexplained infertility is diagnosed in over 50% of infertility cases, hence the popularity of fertility drugs such as Milophene. The best case scenario success rate of chomiphene is 35%. Whilst taking this drug around 70% of women will ovulate. From this number a maximum of 50% of women will fall pregnant. These figures are best case scenarios.
If you have a fertility problem, are over weight or over 30 years of age, your chances will be less. Like I said, I'm not trying to sugar coat this for you. These are the facts and it's best you hear them straight up.
The second most common fertility drug is hMG (Human Menopausal Gonadotrophin). This fertility drug is injected so can be quite uncomfortable for some, and also slightly more expensive. hMG works in a similar way to Clomid by stimulating the ovaries to produce and release more eggs. hMG is a hormone injection, so the side effects can be severe. The injections comprise of two hormones which act directly on the ovaries to stimulate production. These are similar to the fertility drugs used in IVF to stimulate egg production during the egg harvesting stage. The success rate of hMG is lower than that of Clomid. But this is due to the fact that women taking hMG are likely to be more infertile having previously tried Clomid or diagnosed as such. You can expect, at best, an 11% success rate using hMG.
The third most common fertility drug deals with the common problem of excess prolactin levels. If your prolactin level is high this will inhibit the ovulation process by reducing your oestrogen levels. So by taking Parlodel (Bromocriptine) in the form of a tablet you directly inhibit the production of prolactin within the pituitary gland.
Once again, the success rate of Parlodel doesn't sound as good as Clomid, but this is also only because people on this drug are more likely to be diagnosed with some form of infertility. The success rate for Parlodel is good at a best case scenario of 50%.
This post is based on information freely available in the popular press and medical journals that deal with infertility drugs. Nothing herein is intended to be or should be construed to be any sort of medical advice. For medical advice the reader should consult with his or her physician or other medical specialist.
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