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Fertility drugs

Fertility drugs

Depending on your diagnosis, your clinic may recommend using fertility drugs alone, or you may be offered them with other treatments such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilisation (IVF).


For women

Your clinic may recommend using fertility drugs as part of other treatments (eg, IVF) and/or if:

  • you have a very irregular cycle and your ovulation is totally unpredictable
  • you are producing few eggs or none
  • your infertility is caused by failure of the pituitary gland (this controls your hormone production).

For men

Drugs may be prescribed for men in certain situations. They include:

  • antibiotics to treat infection or inflammation
  • gonadotrophins for certain rare conditions in which no sperm are produced, or
  • drugs that close the bladder neck if sperm are being ejaculated into the bladder instead of the penis (retrograde ejaculation).


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Commonly prescribed fertility drugs

There a number of different types of fertility drugs that you may be recommended by your clinician. Have a look over our list of the most common fertility drugs to see what each one is prescribed for, and what the possible side effects could be.

The list also covers drugs used to give you more control over your treatment cycle.

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What are the risks of fertility drugs?

Apart from the risks of the side-effects described on our list of common fertility drugs, taking fertility drugs increases your chances of a multiple pregnancy and birth.

For more information, see:

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Page last updated: 05 August 2014

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HFEA glossary

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