Drugs & Treatments
Treatment for infertility can encompass a great many number of things, from drugs to surgery to assissted reproductive techniques. Depending on the cause of your fertility problems, one or more different types of treatment may be recommended. If you are prescribed medications, then it is likely that you will need regular ultrasound exams to ensure that your medications are doing what they are supposed to rather than causing problems, like ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
Women with ovulation problems will likely be prescribed medications to help induce ovulation. These drugs can inlcude: clomid, bromocriptine, GnRH, tamoxifen/nolvadex and gonadotropins, which may be administered as a subcutaneous injection or as an intramuscular injection. Aromatase Inhibitors, a new and experimental line of fertility drugs, may provide alternative hormone therapy for both men and women.
Other medications that may be used for a variety of reasons, including helping your ovaries to produce a mature egg, include:
- Recombinant FSH
As many know, though, medications are not the only way to deal with infertility. Various surgeries, including tubal ligation reversal, can be done to help unblock fallopian tubes, remove scar tissue or possibly correct structural problems. Assisted reproductive technology, often referred to as ART, has also been helpful for a number of infertile couples. Methods used in ART include IVF, artificial insemination and ICSI. Medical research for the treatment of infertility is always looking for new techniques. Read about potential surgery options such as the uterine transplant that may be available to couples in the future.
Older, pre-menopausal women who are undergoing fertiltiy treatment may find that they require different treatment options than younger women. Peri-menopause and Infertility will help you understand which treatments are likely to work best for you.