- Posted On: January 27, 2012
- Categories: Informational Articles
What medications are used to treat infertility?
About 6.7 million US couples struggle from one form of infertility or another. “Infertility” is defined as the inability to become pregnant after trying to conceive after a period of several months, and many men and women look for medical treatments to deal with infertility. Infertility treatments may involve both medications and/or other treatments, all of which depend on each individual case and patient. Infertility specialists at Oregon Reproductive Medicine have a proven track record for some of the highest success rates in the nation for helping previously infertile couples obtain treatment and to achieve and carry a healthy, full-term baby.
As with all medical procedures, a medical assessment is performed on both the male and female patient before any diagnosis, treatment, or medication is discussed. The medical tests will indicate whether infertility lies with the female or male partner, and then our specialists will decide on the best option to remedy the problem, whether it’s via fertility medication, changes in diet and exercise, or other treatments such as in vitro fertilization. Whether or not medications are involved, or whether there are other non-medication treatments depends on each individual case. There is no single test to deduce the cause(s) of infertility.
To diagnose the cause(s), infertility specialists will perform a number of tests, including:
- Interviews that cover health, medication, and reproductive history
- Tests of the uterus, including a saline infusion sonogram
- Tests of the fallopian tubes, including a hysterosalpingogram
- Tests of the ovaries
- Tests of the cervix
- Semen analysis
Are infertility medication treatments right for you?
After the full medical assessment, infertility specialists will then discuss the possible treatments and /or medications that can be used to achieve the highest chances for a sustainable pregnancy. Infertility treatment medications may include:
Oral Medications or Injectable Medication
These medications increase fertility by stimulating ovulation through the release of gonadotropins from the pituitary gland. They often accompany other treatments.
Medication that helps the body process insulin better can help treat PCOS, as can fertility drugs that increase the production of female hormones. Weight loss also benefits some women.
Treatments not involving medication include:
A type of treatment in which sperm is washed and introduced directly into the uterus around the time of ovulation.
This treatment uses assisted reproductive technology to fertilize a woman’s eggs outside her body.
Egg donations allow an embryo to be created with either male or female factor infertility or both.
Learn More About Female Infertility Medications and Treatments
To learn more about the infertility medications and treatments available, attend one of Oregon Reproductive Medicine’s free informational seminar. Our fertility specialists can answer all of your questions about the treatments and medication ORM uses to successfully treat infertility. Our events take place across the country, and we may be visiting your city soon.