Fertility drugs remain the primary treatment for women to enhance reproductive fertility. There are oral and injectable fertility drugs. This leaflet will only cover specific fertility injections. You will need to take fertility drugs or hormone injections to stimulate your ovaries to develop and release mature eggs ready for fertilization. These will help increase your chances of getting pregnant.
GONAL-F®, PUREGON®, MENOPUR®, PERGOVERIS®, ELONVA®, REKOVELLE®• This injection works in the development and maturation of the follicles (which contain eggs)
ORGALUTRAN®, CETROTIDE®• This injection works by preventing early release of the egg
OVIDREL®, PREGNYL®, GONASI®• This injection works by stimulating the release of mature eggs.
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) happens when too many ovarian follicles have developed in response to the usual dosage of medication. It is a result of the hormones produced by the ovaries in response to the usual dosage of medication. OHSS is usually mild and only causes a slight lower abdominal discomfort in most cases. Although it is not common, it may still need medical attention as it can be potentially life threatening, if left untreated in severe cases. If any of the symptoms below worsen or do not go away, you should see your healthcare professional immediately.
You may be developing OHSS if you experience some or all of the following symptoms:
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
You are advised to follow the schedule according to your doctor’s instructions. The injections are usually given just under the skin (subcutaneously) and you will be taught how to inject by your doctor or nurse. It is advisable to rotate the site of injections to reduce skin irritation.
If you forget to inject a dose, contact your nurse or doctor immediately for advice. Do not inject two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Refer to the individual package inserts or medication labels for the storage conditions.
If used at home, you may throw this injection away along with the used needles, into a metal tin, or glass jar or thick plastic container (e.g. detergent bottles) to prevent any needle stick injury.