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Treating Female Infertility: Ovulation Induction with Prescription Hormones or Progesterone?

Treating Female Infertility: Ovulation Induction with Prescription Hormones or Progesterone?

In our clinics, we often see ladies who have difficulty conceiving or have had one or more miscarriages. Most often, they have low progesterone levels. They may also have low thyroid levels. If a female is having difficulties conceiving a child or has suffered from one or more miscarriages, it may be due to a problem with the ovulatory cycle. A condition named PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) can also make it difficult to conceive or to carry a baby to full term.

Many women have problems ovulating regularly due to hormonal imbalances, ovarian complications, or other underlying health complications. This can make pregnancy very difficult to achieve. The FDA has approved the use of Prescription Hormones (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), to help induce ovulation in some women. Prescription Hormones is often used to help trigger ovulation and could help to increase your chances of pregnancy. Prescription Hormones is FDA approved for “Ovulation Induction (Fertility Treatment).

The FDA has also approved the use of Prescription Hormones for prepubertal cryptorchidism (undescended testicles), hypogonadotropic hypogonadism in males (decreased function of the testes due to a pituitary deficiency). Although Prescription Hormones has been used for years as a weight loss aide, the FDA has not approved it for this use as of this date. Regardless, patients report significant results using Prescription Hormones with a calorie restricted diet.

At the NBH Lifetime Health Hormones and Weight Loss clinics, our providers will often prescribe progesterone and thyroid when appropriate to assist females clients with dealing with issues such as estrogen dominance, difficult periods, an absence of periods, inability to conceive and miscarriages. While Prescription Hormones is conventionally used to help females achieve fertility, our providers will often recommend the use of progesterone. The purpose of this article is to discuss the use of Prescription Hormones. A follow-up article will look at the benefits of progesterone.

What is Prescription Hormones?

Prescription Hormones is a hormone that is typically produced in a pregnant woman’s placenta. It helps to maintain the corpus luteum, which produces progesterone and estrogen in order to maintain the first trimester of pregnancy. Prescription Hormones is taken from the urine of pregnant women and used to induce ovulation in some women. It is often sold under the brand names Profasi and Pregnyl.

How does Prescription Hormones Work?

*Prescription Hormones work to increase the number of eggs that are released from your follicles every month. It imitates luteinizing hormone (LH), causing your follicles to rupture and release eggs. It often causes your ovaries to release more eggs than normal, thereby increasing your chances of becoming pregnant.

Who Can Benefit from Prescription Hormones?

*Women who are suffering from ovulatory disorders will benefit the most from Prescription Hormones. You may want to ask your provider about Prescription Hormones if you are suffering from:

  • anovulation
  • PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
  • irregular periods
  • difficult periods

How Do You Take Prescription Hormones?

Prescription Hormones is taken through intramuscular or subcutaneous injection. It is typically given a few days before ovulation would occur. Your reproductive endocrinologist will monitor your follicles and endometrial development through ultrasound. You will then be given an injection of Prescription Hormones to stimulate ovulation. Dosages for women undergoing ovulation induction are typically between 5,000 and 10,000 units. It takes about 36 hours for Prescription Hormones to begin to work.

After Taking Prescription Hormones?

Once your Prescription Hormones have begun to work, you and your partner will be instructed to have timed intercourse. Alternately, you may choose to undergo IUI procedures. Again, at NBH Lifetime Health, we recommend progesterone therapy as your first step in achieving pregnancy.

Success Rates of Prescription Hormones

*According to statistics, Prescription Hormones is very successful at inducing ovulation. In fact, more than 90% of anovulatory women taking Prescription Hormones will begin to ovulate. Pregnancy rates are around 15% per cycle. Pregnancy rates increase with the use of IUI.

Side Effects of Prescription Hormones

Prescription Hormones is associated with some possible side effects. The most common side effects include:

  • headache
  • water retention
  • fatigue
  • sore breasts
  • abdominal discomfort
  • irritability

Can anything interfere with my Prescription Hormones levels?

Nothing should interfere with an Prescription Hormones level except medications that contain Prescription Hormones. These medications are often used in fertility treatments,
Ovidrel, Pregnyl (Prescription Hormones) (FDA approved medications)

Human chorionic gonadotropin (Prescription Hormones) is produced by the placenta in pregnancy and sets up the cascade of events that causes production of progesterone by the corpus luteum. Prescription Hormones levels are measured to confirm pregnancy.

In addition, Prescription Hormones can be used to trigger ovulation in women undergoing stimulated IUI and assisted reproductive technology cycles, IVF . In a normal ovulatory cycle, a surge of LH triggers ovulation and release of the egg (s). The body responds to Prescription Hormones in the same manner as it does LH, therefore a surge of Prescription Hormones also initiates ovulation. In 98% of cases, patients receiving Lupron or Ganirelix Acetate can only ovulate when they are given an injection of Prescription Hormones or LH. Therefore the insemination or egg retrieval can be precisely timed for 36 hours after the Prescription Hormones injection. Profasi and Pregnyl are human derived and Ovidrel is a recombinant product with a higher percentage of Prescription Hormones per unit mass.

If you have any questions about infertility, miscarriages, the use of Prescription Hormones or the use of progesterone to aid in fertility, please email your question or questions to Dr. NBH, FACOG, AACS, AACG, has years of experience in fertility issues and has operated fertility clinics and delivered more than 3000 infants as an Ob-gyn provider.

By NBH, Director of Education & Research
NBH Lifetime Health Weight Loss & Hormone Clinics, Medline South


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