For some women, pregnancy may not be easy to achieve. These ladies sometimes need a little boost through fertility therapy to help the process along. The good news is that a brand new weekly injection of fertility hormones is just as safe and effective as the traditional standard injections, as reported by Dutch researchers.
Fertility drugs are the primary treatment for infertile women, according to the Mayo Clinic. Such medications regulate or induce the process of ovulation by working like natural hormones. The new injection consists of follicle-stimulating hormone, which works to increase the number of eggs produced by the ovaries.
Researchers analyzed the data collected from more than 2,000 women over the course of four trials and found that patients who received medium doses of the new hormone injection once a week were just as likely to conceive, when compared to those who took the daily injections. Also, the women who took the weekly hormone were at no additional risk of having a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.
"These results show that the new long-acting injections are a safe treatment option and equally effective in medium doses compared to the standard daily injections," said Jan Kremer, one of the authors of the study.
Since the weekly injections are more patient-friendly, they may also increase satisfaction, although there is currently not enough research to affirm this correlation.
Do you know any women who received hormone injections to increase their chances of becoming pregnant? Would a weekly, rather than a daily, injection be a better choice for you, and why? Please leave your answers in the comments section!