Ovarian Stimulating Medications
Ovarian stimulation is a common part of many fertility treatments. For women who have absent or irregular menstrual cycles, ovarian stimulation can help to create regular ovulation. For women who already have regular menstrual cycles, ovarian stimulation can help to increase the odds of more than one egg releasing to increase the odds of pregnancy. These medications are generally taken for approximately 5 days in the early part of the menstrual cycle. Ovarian stimulation is often done in conjunction with IUI (intrauterine insemination) or with the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF).
- Clomiphene Citrate
Gonadotropins for Injection
The growth of follicles within your ovaries is enhanced through the use of gonadotropin hormones. Medications are given by injection to stimulate the development of follicles if ovulation is not occurring naturally, if many eggs are needed for IVF, or if no success has been met with lesser treatments. Two common types of cycles used in conjunction with gonadotropin administration are intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Gonadotropin-releasing Hormone Analogues
GnRH analogue treatment is used to “shut down” the pituitary hormones that control the ovaries. To treat infertility concerns, a GnRH analogue (agonist or antagonist) is used to closely time and control ovulation before an assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedure by shutting down the pituitary gland. At the same time or afterward, an ovulation-stimulating medicine is used to trigger ovulation, with the goal of harvesting good-quality eggs on a predictable schedule. Another reason is to closely time ovulation before some insemination procedures, when unpredictable ovulation would make it hard to know when to introduce sperm into a woman’s reproductive tract.
- Lupron™ Microdose
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) for Injection
- Profasi™ / Pregnal / Generic hCG
- Progesterone In Oil
- Prochieve™ / Crinone™
- Intramuscular Injection
- Subcutaneous Injection
- Disposal of Sharps (Needles and Syringes)