Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Injectable Medications
What are FSH Injectable medications?
FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone) injectable medications are used to stimulate the development of follicles and eggs to increase pregnancy success rates. This type of treatment can be used with a shot to trigger ovulation (such as Ovidrel) and an IUI (Intra-uterine insemination) to help increase success rates. Abstinence of 36 hours is recommended before the insemination. Intercourse every other day is still advised for most couples in the week leading up to the insemination.
To increase the number of eggs available for fertilization
To improve ovulation in patients unresponsive to other therapies
To improve the overall chance of conceiving a pregnancy
About your FSH Injectable cycle
During your FSH injectable cycle, you will be monitored in office with transvaginal ultrasounds and bloodwork.
10-20% per cycle depending on each patient’s factors. If there is no success after 3 cycles, then a consultation is recommended.
Pelvic discomfort/bloating, irritation at the injection site
• Multiple pregnancies: 25% for twins, <5% for triplets, <1% more than triplets
• Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome: 1% risk of severe symptoms
• Enlarged ovaries
• Fluid accumulation in abdomen that may need to be drained
• Blood test abnormalities, risk of blood clots in the veins
• A cycle may have to be cancelled if the ovaries over-respond
• Ovarian Torsion (Twisting) <1%
Medications and Dosing
All brands of medication contain Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH): Follistim, Gonal-F, Menopur, Bravelle, Repronex. Daily shots under the skin given by the patient or partner (Usually for about 8-10 days). A member of our staff will give you instructions on how to inject the medication at your baseline visit.
The specialists at South Jersey Fertility Center are highly experienced at helping patients achieve their dream of building a family. We serve patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with offices located in Marlton, Burlington, Sewell, and Egg Harbor Township. We are easily accessible to patients in Burlington, Mercer, Atlantic, Camden, Ocean and Bucks Counties.