If you’re trying to get pregnant and it’s not working, you may be exploring medical treatment. Fertility drugs were first introduced in the United States in the 1960s and have helped countless people get pregnant. One of today’s most common fertility drugs may be an option for you or your partner.
Many types of fertility medications for women are available today. You may notice that there are more drugs listed in this article for women than for men. That’s largely because it’s easier to promote egg production in women than it is to increase sperm count in men. Here are the common fertility medications for women.
Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) drugs
FSH is a hormone produced by your body. It causes one of the eggs in your ovaries to mature and causes a follicle to form around the maturing egg. These are key steps the female body goes through as it prepares to ovulate. Like the FSH made by your body, the drug form of FSH can also promote ovulation.
FSH is recommended for women whose ovaries work but whose eggs don’t mature regularly. FSH is not recommended for women with premature ovarian failure. Before receiving FSH, you’ll likely be treated with a drug called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
FSH is available in the United States in several forms.