2. Injectable Gonadotropins
Injectable gonadotropins are also used to help induce ovulation in certain women. This medication works to induce ovulation as it contains FSH (follicle stimulating hormones). FSH helps to trigger the development of follicles inside of your ovaries, triggering ovulation.
This type of fertility medication is more expensive then Clomid, typically costing between $35 and $75 per ampule. As many as six ampules of the medication may be required for every injection day.
- How are Gonadotropins Taken?
Gonadotropins are also taken on specific days of your menstrual cycle. Intramuscular injections containing the gonadotropins are usually adminstered by your care giver for a period of eight to 14 days. As your follicles begin to show signs of maturation, you will also receive an injection of hCG, to help induce ovulation.
- After Ovulation Begins
After ovulation begins, you and your partner will be instructed to have timed intercourse, or to make an appointment to begin IUI treatments.
- Gonadotropin Success Rates
Gonadotropin is highly successful when it comes to inducing ovulation. More thn 90% of women taking this drug begin to ovulate. Pregnancy rates per cycle are generally around 15%. However, gonadotropin is not without its side effects. There is a risk of multiple births when using gonadotropins to stimulate ovulation. Approximately 15% of all pregnancies are twins, and 3% are triplets or higher order multiples. There is also a risk for developing hyperstimulation, in which your ovaries become enlarged, and your abdominal area becomes swollen with fluid. This can be avoided with proper monitoring.