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Infertility: The Option of Using Fertility DrugsKnow how fertility drugs work, what conditions need to exist, their side effects, success rate and how fertility drugs are different for men and women.by Anna Santos-Villar .
How they work
Oral or injectible drugs for both men and women are prescribed to stimulate ovulation and get the
reproductive system back on track. Some take these meds with another treatment, such as artificial insemination.
Condition for Fertility Drugs
In his book The Baby Solution: Your Essential Resource for Overcoming Infertility, Daniel Kenigsberg, M.D., wrote that women need the right balance of hormones to ovulate regularly, and fertility drugs can do the trick. Many of these drugs have been proven safe over the years, with impressive success rates.
Dr. Joan Tan-Garcia, endocrinologist, infertility and menopause specialist, explains that men need certain hormones to produce healthy sperm as well. Men with low sperm count or poor sperm quality and motility (sperm’s ability to move) are given medication for this. The same substance that controls ovulation in women also stimulates sperm production. But the drugs don’t perform nearly as well for men, and the FDA has yet to approve these drugs for men; only specialists can prescribe them. Studies on their effects on men are limited and still inconclusive.
Prescribing ovulation-inducing agents should be based on the causes of infertility, explains Dr. Tan-Garcia. “We cannot just give medicine right away on the patient’s first visit. Make sure you’ve exhausted all possible causes for infertility before taking any medication. The side effects of the meds prescribed should be double-checked,” she adds.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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