For many there is a confusion about the fertility medication, Ovidrel, and the often prescribed hCG. The bottom line is that they are fairly similar in nature, as are the other hCG fertility medications like Novarel, and Pregnyl. The body will sometimes tolerate one, and not the other, or some combine with other IVF meds in different ways, which allows doctors a wide range of options when helping women to overcome their fertility issues.
Is Ovidrel strictly an IVF Med?
Ovidrel is primarily used as a hormone that stimulates the release of the egg, in women, and in male infertility, it is used to boost the sperm count. Most often Ovidrel is combined with an FSH hormone (follicle stimulating hormone) to help stimulate the ovaries into producing eggs, and then retaining them longer before release. This produces a more mature egg, which is considered to be more viable.
Ovidrel versus Straight hCG
Many doctors use both hormones with their patients, but as far as success rates go, the Ovidrel seems to have fewer side effects, and its efficacy rating, especially for those undergoing IVF treatments seems to be several percentage points higher.
Ovidrel Drug Experiences
Patient 1: A woman asks others in the forum about using Ovidrel as her doctor has just prescribed it for her. Several others respond that they loved the Ovidrel and that the ovulation pains that they’d felt with the hCG were not experienced with the Ovidrel. They especially liked the results in combination with their other IVF meds.
Patient 2: A patient asks others how long Ovidrel stayed in the system as she’d gotten a positive HPT and wanted to know if it could just be a false response because of the Ovidrel still being in her system. Several responded stating that it stays in the body up to 14 days or so, and that she should verify her results with her doctor, which she did.
Patient 3: A woman writes that she is “5 DPO today and 7 days ago I took Ovidrel to induce ovulation”. She asks others if she could test as early as five days. Other respond and tell her that they, too, have received faint positives, but that their doctors had said that it would remain in the system for up to 10 days or more. IVF meds, and other fertility medications work in each individual’s body differently as far as how fast the body metabolizes and uses it.
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