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Katowice, Poland  – Fertility Drugs

Gyncentrum Clinic

Gyncentrum Clinic is one of the top fertility clinic and prenatal diagnosis facilities in Poland. We provides cutting-edge treatments with advanced techniques of assisted reproductive medicine…

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Istanbul, Turkey – Fertility Drugs

Medical Park Hospital

Providing healthcare services in Turkey since 1995, Medical Park Hospitals Group serves patients in 31 hospitals located in 17 cities and is a pioneering actor in the sector with 211 operating rooms and 16,000 employees.

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Istanbul, Turkey – Fertility Drugs

Memorial Hospital Group

Memorial Hospital Group is a leading healthcare  provider in Turkey with 15 care centres across the country. We specialise in a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatments including fertility care.

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Fertility drugs explained

If you’re experiencing fertility problems, drug treatments are usually a good starting point for many women. There are many types of fertility treatments available to those experiencing infertility problems, medicinal and non-medicinal. One of the most common ways to treat fertility problems is with the use of drug.

Most fertility drugs given to women are used to help with ovulation. Clomifene and gonadotrophins are among the most commonly prescribed fertility drugs by doctors. They work by regulating your reproductive hormones and trigger the release of eggs in each ovulation cycle.

Clomifene fertility treatment

Women taking the drug clomifene should visit their doctor for regular monitoring. It can be an intense experience for some women and may lead to feelings of anxiety.

Who is clomifene treatment for?

Clomifene is the right drug for you if:

  • You are not ovulating, or ovulation occurs irregularly
  • No clear diagnosis for your fertility problem has been established
  • You require additional stimulation to produce more eggs ahead of assisted reproductive treatment like IVF of IUI

How long does the drug treatment take?

The length of time clomifene drug treatment takes to work depends on the person and should be discussed with the doctor. It can take a few months after drug therapy begins for ovulation to start. Once ovulation begins it can take between three and six cycles to start seeing results.

Depending how the treatment progresses, your doctor may adjust the dosage, recommend additional drugs or suggest a different treatment all together.

Clomifene usually isn’t recommended for use beyond the sixth treatment cycle.

Notes of interest

  • 30 to 40% get pregnant by the third cycle
  • Age can affect the chances of success
  • There is around a 10% change of conceiving twins

Gonadotrophins fertility treatment

Gonadotrophins drug treatment can help you produce serval eggs. The experience can be intense for some women therefore regular supervision by a doctor is recommended.

Who is Gonadotrophins treatment for?

Gonadotrophins is the right drug for you if:

  • You have tried clomifene and it hasn’t been successful
  • You don’t produce enough FSH and LH – the hormones needed for ovulation
  • You require additional stimulation to produce more eggs ahead of assisted reproductive treatment like IVF of IUI

How long does the drug treatment take?

If you take gonadotrophins and have an ART treatment (such as IVF) straight after, the entire process should be done within six weeks.

Most women go through three to six gonadotrophins cycles. The longer you have the treatment for doesn’t necessarily increase the chances of it working. So, if the drug doesn’t work after cycle six, your doctor may change the dose, try a different drug or try a different treatment.

Side effects of gonadotrophins

Your doctor will discuss in detail any possible side effects related to the use of gonadotrophins.

Notes of interest

  • Up to 30% chance of conceiving twins
  • May develop ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
  • Experience breast tenderness

Other fertility drugs available

Tamoxifen:  another drug offered to women with ovulation problems. Can be used as an alternative treatment to clomifene.

Metformin: usually prescribed to women with the condition polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Some of the feature of PCOS include irregular periods, excess androgen (high level of male hormones) and enlarged ovaries that contain fluid filled sacks.

Gonadotrophins: can stimulate ovulation in women, as mentioned before, and may be used to improve fertility in men.

Side effects of medicinal fertility treatments

Most women tolerate drug treatments well, but in some cases the drugs used may cause some minor effects, inducing:

  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes
  • Pelvic pain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Mild depression

Before starting drug treatment, your doctor should discuss in detail any possible side effects related to the use of any medication prescribed to you.

Things to consider before medicinal fertility treatment

Deciding to have drug treatment for fertility requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. Fertility treatments can be costly, and the results are not guaranteed. For this reason, it’s extremely important to fully understand what is involved in the procedure and set some realistic expectation of the potential outcome.

Speaking to an expert who can provide guidance and advice can really help to put things in perspective and ensure you’re ready to take the next steps.

Here are some things you should think about:

  • Is the procedure affordable?
  • How many attempts do you have?
  • What is the chance of success?
  • What is the best treatment option for my condition?

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Cost of private fertility treatment

The cost of fertility treatment varies greatly in the UK. There are many reasons for this including, but not limited to, the cause of the fertility problem, the appropriate treatment required, where the treatment is carried out and the number of treatment cycles that may be needed to get success.

Here are some fertility treatment costs based on online third-party sources:

The cost of In vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment range from £3,000 to £5,900 with an average mean cost of £3,500.

The cost of Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) treatment range from £1,000 to £4,500 with an average mean cost of £1,250.

The cost of Intra Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) treatment range from £850 to £1,800 with an average mean cost of £1,300.

The cost of Donor Insemination (DI) range from £1,600 to £1,900 with an average mean cost of £1,600.

The cost of Assisted Hatching range from £400 to £500 with an average mean cost of £450.

The cost of Blastocyst Embryo Transfer range from £400 to £600 with an average mean cost of £500.

The cost of Frozen Embryo Transfer range from £1,000 to £1,200 with an average mean cost of £1,150.

The cost of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) range from £3,600 to £4,300 with an average mean cost of £4,000.

The cost of Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) range from £2,900 to £3,300 with an average mean cost of £3,000.

The cost of Egg Donation range from £6,500 to £9,000 with an average mean cost of £7,500.

The cost of Embryo Donation is in the region of £2,500

The cost of Egg Freezing range from £3,200 to £5,700 with an average mean cost of £3,300.

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About Fertility Treatment

Fertility treatments are available to couples that have been trying to get pregnant for a substantial period of time, but haven’t succeeded. There are many types of fertility treatments available to those experiencing fertility problems. The treatment available to you will depend on the cause of the problem and what is available at the clinic providing the treatment.

There are three main types of fertility treatment available, these include:
> Medicinal fertility treatments
> Surgical fertility treatments
> Assisted conception

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