What You Should Know About Fertility Drugs

Fertility drugs may be used as a first line treatment for infertility or in conjunction with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) like intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF).  The type and quantity of fertility drugs depends largely on the woman’s diagnosis and the treatment she is pursuing.


Types of Fertility Drugs

Women just starting out with fertility treatment or those who have mild infertility are often prescribed Clomiphene (Clomid, Serophene), taken orally in pill form, to boost egg follicle growth and kick start ovulation.  Clomiphene may also be used for women undergoing mini-IVF or those with high FSH who respond poorly to other ovarian stimulation protocols.

Injectible gonadotropin fertility drugs (Follistim, Gonal-F) are often prescribed if a woman does not experience the desired response to Clomid.  This may be the case if she has tried several rounds of Clomiphene at increasing dosage strengths, but still has not seen strong egg follicle growth.  Injectible fertility drugs are more often used along with IUI or IVF as they promote maximum follicle growth and control over the cycle.  Fertility drug protocols may be adjusted throughout the course of your fertility treatment depending on your ovarian response in previous cycles.

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is often used to give egg follicles one last push toward maturation before triggering ovulation.  Women with ovulation disorders or those in need of a perfectly timed cycle for timed intercourse, IUI, or IVF may be prescribed an injection of hcg.

Cost of Fertility Drugs

Fertility drugs range in cost from $50 to $5,000 per cycle.  Though we are all looking to save on the cost of fertility drugs, the required amount and type of fertility drugs will be at the discretion of your fertility doctor.  Therefore, the cost of fertility drugs will likely be higher for IVF cycles than timed intercourse or IUI cycles.

Where to Buy Fertility Drugs

Fertility drugs are available through prescription by your fertility doctor.  You may purchase fertility drugs at your local pharmacy, via online mail order pharmacies, or through your fertility clinic.  Be aware of scams offering fertility drugs at a significantly discounted rate and be aware that it is illegal to buy fertility drugs from anyone other than an authorized dispensary.  You can cut costs by asking your fertility doctor about unused drugs donated to the clinic by other patients or by ordering your fertility drugs online with a coupon code. For more questions and answers on fertility drugs, check out our Fertility Drug forum on FertileThoughts.com.