- A fertilized egg or embryo does not survive once it sticks to the lining of the womb (uterus).
- A fertilized egg does not attach to the lining of the uterus.
- Eggs cannot move from the ovaries to the womb.
- The ovaries have problems producing eggs.
- The sperm count is decreased.
- Sperm are blocked from being released.
- Sperm do not work properly.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Infertility is defined as: 1) the inability of a couple to bear a child after one year of regular intercourse without the use of contraceptives, or 2) the inability to carry a pregnancy to full term, resulting in miscarriages. Infertility can affect men and women and is a challenge faced by 15-20% of the reproductive population.
There are many potential causes for infertility, but for about 20% of those affected, there is no obvious cause. No matter the cause, facing infertility or a pregnancy loss may be one of the most challenging times in a person’s life or a couple’s relationship. Fortunately, there are numerous therapy options from which, under the care of a fertility specialist, many couples can benefit. Fertility medications work in different ways, depending on what is contributing to the infertility. Many work to stimulate the women's ovaries to increase egg production. Some medications come in oral form, others require needle injections.
Therapy Support & Medications
The most frequently prescribed medications for treating infertility include:*
- Bravelle® (Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.)
- Cetrotide® (EMD Serono, Inc.)
- Chorionic gonadotropin injection
- Crinone® (Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)
- Delestrogen® (JHP Pharmaceuticals, LLC)
- Follistim® (Merck & Co., Inc.)
- Ganirelix (Merck & Co., Inc.)
- Gonal-f® (EMD Serono, Inc.)
- Luveris® (EMD Serono, Inc.)
- Menopur® (Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.)
- Novarel® (Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.)
- Ovidrel® (EMD Serono, Inc.)
- Pregnyl® (Merck & Co., Inc.)
- Prochieve® (Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)
- Repronex® (Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.)
The emotions and logistics of the infertility treatment journey can be challenging for patients and spouses. Similarly challenging for many is the financial aspect. Fertility treatment and medications are costly, particularly for patients whose insurance benefits do not cover any, or cover only part, of the costs. It is important to know your specific coverage for infertility treatments, as benefits vary from company to company and state to state. It is also important to work with a pharmacy that can support all aspects of the journey — emotional, logistical and financial.
Your Partner in Therapeutic Success
Your CoramRx team understands the fertility journey and supports you along its course. The team is available to help you achieve therapeutic success in the most cost-efficient and clinically effective way possible. We are there for your information needs, helping you understand your treatment, and we also support you throughout the emotional journey. We ensure smooth, timely and consistent medication delivery. One week before each prescription dispense, you will receive a refill reminder phone call. To help ensure success with your fertility therapy, your pharmacy department team member will remain in contact with you to discuss items related to: compliance with prescribed therapy, drug side effects, change in medication profile, and effectiveness of the prescribed therapy. We will work with you to ensure the best financial course for you.
The organizations listed below offer a variety of services and resources for consumers and caregivers. Please note that some organizations may charge a fee for access to services. This listing is not an endorsement of these organizations, or information they may disseminate. We strongly suggest that you discuss any information you receive from these organizations with a qualified healthcare professional before making any changes in your healthcare, insurance coverage or home care provider.
American Fertility Association (AFA) — A national, nonprofit organization committed to preventing infertility whenever possible and to helping people build families of choice, particularly when faced with infertility.
Fertile Hope — A nonprofit organization and national LIVESTRONG initiative dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
The National Infertility Association — A nonprofit organization promoting reproductive health and helping to ensure equal access to all family-building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders.
RESOLVE — A project from the National Infertility Association; provides timely, compassionate support and information to people who are experiencing infertility, and increases awareness of infertility issues through public education and advocacy.
FDA: Disposing of Unused Medication — Government guidelines for disposing of unused medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) worked with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to develop the first consumer guidance for proper disposal of prescription drugs.
- To learn more about your options for managing your fertility and about CoramRx , please contact us.
- To enroll as a patient with CoramRx, please complete our Patient Enrollment Form.
*Please contact CoramRx about other therapies not listed here.