For many couples who have difficulty conceiving, taking fertility pills will be the first step in fertility treatment. Fertility pills work by increasing the levels of certain hormone’s in the woman’s body. These hormones will help the egg to mature and be released each month. If you rarely ovulate or your ovulation is irregular, then these fertility medications can help to increase your chances of conceiving.
How Fertility Pills Can Increase Your Chances of Conception
Your doctor can prescribe fertility pills in combination with in vitro fertilization. These medications can control egg development and the release from the ovaries.
The most commonly prescribed medications include metformin, clomifene, gonadotrophins and bromocriptine. All of these drugs are designed to make the woman ovulate.
Clomiphene works by blocking the effects of oestrogen. By blocking oestrogen, your body will respond by increasing the levels of hormones that are necessary for ovulation. A doctor will direct you to take this pill for one week, early in your cycle. This pill can be taken for six months.
Metformin works by making the body more sensitive to insulin. While more commonly prescribed to treat diabetes, it can also be effective in treating ovulation problems. Usually, this med is used in combination with clomifene. Metformin is typically prescribed for women who are overweight or obese because they often have trouble regulating their levels of insulin.
Bromocriptine is prescribed to regulate hormonal imbalances that can prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. This med is prescribed to patients who have too high a level of prolactin in the body. High levels of prolactin can minimize the levels of oestrogen in the body, resulting in lack of ovulation or irregular ovulation.