Getting Pregnant and Improving Fertility: Urofollitropin
A lot of factors play a role in whether or not you and your partner get pregnant. Fertility problems such as irregular ovulation or hormonal imbalance caused by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can negatively affect female fertility.
If you’re experiencing difficulties getting pregnant and have ovulation problems, speak to your health care provider on ways to regulate your ovulatory cycle, with the use of infertility treatments or fertility drugs, like Urofollitropin.
What is Urofollitropin?
Urofollitropin is the generic name given to the synthetic version of the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH is naturally produced by the pituitary gland, a small gland in the brain.
The main function of FSH is to trigger the growth of the ovarian follicle, including the egg and of the cells in the follicle that produce the hormones necessary to aid in pregnancy.
Estrogen, progesterone, and luteinizing hormone (LH) are the other hormones that FSH affect and that play a role conception.
Because some women do not naturally produce enough FSH, they may experience irregular ovulation or no ovulation at all (anovulation), which are symptoms of female infertility. But, infertility caused by low levels of FSH and anovulation can be treated with fertility drugs, like Urofollitropin.
How it works
Urofollitropin works by mimicking the functions of FSH and is often given in combination with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Urofollitropin helps follicular development and aids in stimulating the ovaries to release an egg. While hGC helps to produce the natural LH surge that most women lack. This surge in LH levels is also a good predictor of ovulation.
Common users of Urofollitropin are women who suffer from ovulatory or menstrual cycle disorders, and women who can’t achieve pregnancy after using Clomid.
The common fertility problems that Urofollitropin helps treat include:
- deficient levels of FSH
- abnormal levels of LH
- unexplained infertility
Urofollitropin is taken by intramuscular or subcutaneous injections. Typically one injection of the drug is given twice a day until the user begins ovulation.
Urofollitropin Success Rates
Urofollitropin is largely successful in inducing ovulation in most women. In fact, 70 to 90 percent of women experience ovulation while using Urofollitropin.
Urofollitropin, like any fertility drug, may cause some side effects. The common side effects of Urofollitropin include:
- abdominal pain
- swelling or redness at the injection site
Other less common and more serious side effects include:
- decreased urination
- pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- fever or chills
- rapid weight gain or hair loss
It’s important that you notify your doctor when you experience any of the above or other symptoms while using Urofollitropin. Therefore, it’s essential to take Urofollitropin only as advised by your medical doctor.
Also, ask your doctor about the risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and the risk of having multiple pregnancies while using Urofollitropin.