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COMMITMENT. The progression of fertility drugs is treating many of the conditions that cause male and female infertility. Medicine or hormone treatments are often used at the LIV Fertility Center in Puerto Vallarta for in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies.
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Common Fertility Drugs
Fertility drugs are medications that are used to influence ovulation. Some fertility medications strength or trigger ovulation, while others suppress ovulation. Fertility drugs can be used to treaet female infertility and male factor infertility. How are they used? Fertility drugs are used to treat problems with ovulation or recurrent miscarriage. They are also used to increase the number of eggs the woman produces, in order to retrieve the eggs for IVF treatment.
Zithromax. This is an antibiotic in the erythromycin family. In fertility treatment, it may be prescribed prior to a uterine procedure or before initiating IUI therapy.
Cetrotide. This is a gonadotropin releasing hormone antagonist. It helps to prevent premature ovulation in gonadotropin cycles or in IVF treatment, allowing more time for egg maturation.
Clomid. This medication causes eggs to mature and ovulate in women who ordinarily do not ovulate on their own.
Doxycycline. This is an antibiotic in the tetracycline family. In fertility treatment, it may be prescribed prior to a uterine procedure or IUI therapy. It is also used after an egg retrieval in IVF.
Estrace. This is a form of estrogen that is commonly used to thicken the lining of the uterus.
Gonadotropins. (Gonal F®, Follistim®, Menopur®, Luveris®) These medications help to stimulate the growth of ovarian follicles. They are given subcutaneously (underneath the skin) with very thin/short needles. Once the ovarian follicles are thought to be mature, a final trigger shot (Ovidrel) will be administered to cause the egg(s) to be released.
Lupron. This is a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist. It helps to prevent premature ovulation in gonadotropin cycles or in IVF treatment, allowing more time for egg maturation. It may also be used in cases of severe endometriosis or in pre-surgical treatment of large fibroids.
Medrol. This is a steroid medication used in IVF which can help pregnancy success in cases of day 3 embryo transfer.
Ovidrel. This medication is used to cause the final steps of oocyte maturation to occur and to trigger ovulation. Ovidrel is actually a recombinant (made in the laboratory) form of human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG – the pregnancy hormone.
Administration of Fertility Drugs
Each couple or individual is responsible for the administration of their medications that are necessary for ovarian stimulation. The majority of couples/individuals undergoing IVF learn how to administer their own injections, whether it is the partner or yourself giving the injection.
The fertility video above provides instruction to help patients properly give their own injections.
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