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.

Purpose:

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

Monitoring:
During your FSH injectable cycle, you will be monitored in office with transvaginal ultrasounds and bloodwork.
Success Rates:
10-20% per cycle depending on each patient’s factors. If there is no success after 3 cycles, then a consultation is recommended.
Costs:
Approximately $1000-$2500 for medications, $1650 for office charges, IUI adds $350. Insurance coverage may defray some or all of these charges
Side Effects:
Pelvic discomfort/bloating, irritation at the injection site

Potential Risks

• 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.

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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.

Marlton

400 Lippincott Drive
Suite 130
Marlton, NJ 08053
P: 856.282.1231
F: 856.596.2411

Burlington

1900 Mt. Holly Road
Building 4, Suite A
Burlington, NJ 08016
P:
609.614.3191
F: 609.386.4750

Sewell

570 Egg Harbor Road
Building B, Suite 4
Sewell, NJ 08080
P: 856.314.5013
F: 856.218.4651

Egg Harbor Twp

2500 English Creek Ave
Suite 225
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ 08234
P: 609.336.4115
F: 609.813.2303