Injectable fertility medications help our patients become parents
When couples and individuals decide to try for a baby, they may not think that fertility treatment will be a part of their journey. However, 1 in 8 couples will need a little extra help to start or grow their family. If you have been trying to conceive for 12 months (or six months if you’re a woman over age 35), our Newport Beach fertility doctors suggest visiting a physician to explore fertility treatment options like injectable fertility medications.
Getting started at our Los Angeles fertility clinic
Before making any recommendations, our physicians will begin with a full fertility evaluation. This process will include a complete medical history, physical examination, bloodwork, an ultrasound and a semen analysis for your partner. The results of these tests will help our Newport Beach fertility doctors make a diagnosis. Armed with this information, your doctor can create a treatment roadmap to assist you in having the family you desire.
Depending on your diagnosis, our doctors may start with cycle monitoring, oral medications like Clomid or intrauterine insemination (IUI). In many cases, these basic therapies will produce the desired results. However, in some cases, our doctor may recommend more advanced fertility treatment options.
A closer look at injectable fertility medications
In some cases, your physician may recommend injectable medications, which are often combined with IVF. Stronger than their oral counterparts, injectable medications work like natural hormones to stimulate egg production and induce ovulation. Here are some common fertility injections.
- Human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG (Ovidrel, Pregnyl)
- FSH (Gonal-F, Follistim AQ, Bravelle)
- Human menopausal gonadotropin, or hMG (Menopur, Metrodin, Pergonal, Repronex)
Unlike oral medicine, you administer injectable fertility medications subcutaneously (beneath the skin) or intramuscularly. Because injectable medications have a higher potency than oral fertility medicines, they cause your body to produce and mature multiple eggs. As a result, once you begin these injections, we will monitor you carefully using blood tests and ultrasounds to evaluate your progress and make any medication adjustments.
Struggling to conceive without positive results can be discouraging and disappointing. At the Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine, we understand and are here to help. Our doctors offer advanced fertility treatment options, including the use of injectable fertility medications. Call our office for more information or to schedule a consultation.