What are they and how do they work?
Gonadotropins are fertility medications containing follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and/or luteinizing hormone (LH). Your physician may prescribe these medications to you if you fail to ovulate or fail to achieve pregnancy with Letrozole or clomiphene citrate therapy. Gonadotropins help to stimulate follicular (egg) development within the ovaries.
How are these medications administered?
These medications are not available in oral form and must be administered by either subcutaneous (in the skin) or intramuscular (into the muscle) injections. These medications are potent. Typically, patients prescribed this medication must undergo careful monitoring by ultrasound and bloodwork to evaluate follicular development.
What are the risks and side effects of these medications?
Potential side effects of gonadotropin therapy include ovarian enlargement, abdominal bloating, and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
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