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Fertility Drugs

The infertility of women, which is due to irregular ovulation and other ovulation problems, is usually addressed with the use of fertility drugs. There are two categories of infertility drugs. The first category is actually composed of hormones that can be directly injected into the body. The second category is composed of drugs that regulate or induce the production of hormones that control ovulation. There are many fertility drugs that are available today, such as the clomiphene citrate (active ingredient in Clomid and Serophene) and the ganirelix acetate (active ingredient in Antagon).

The clomiphene induces the release of hormones that will instruct the ovaries to produce mature eggs.

Some of these hormones are the

  • Gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) from the hypothalamus
  • the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) from the pituitary gland
  • the luteinizing hormone (LH) also from the pituitary gland.
This drug has been found to be 80% effective and produces mild side effects. The clomiphene is also used by women who are considering assistive techniques such as in vitro fertilization.

The ganirelix

The ganirelix, on the other hand, works by stopping the premature ovulation of women. This fertility drug is also used when the couple is trying to have a child through assistive techniques. The ganirelix, unfortunately, have serious side effects.

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