How to Save Money on Fertility Drugs
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If you’ve been struggling with infertility, you’re certainly not alone. About 11% of American women between the ages of 15 and 44 have trouble either conceiving or maintaining a pregnancy. Additionally, about 9% of American men experience infertility. During these experiences, people often try any number of fertility drugs.
According to the study linked above, the source of infertility is pretty evenly divided between three different issues:
- Problem with the woman
- Problem with the man
- Problems whose source cannot be determined
Fertility issues can occur at any age but are more likely to be present as people get older. Much like any other issue with the human body not functioning as well as it gets older, the reproductive system falters, as well.
Biologically, women are born with a finite number of eggs and will therefore have fewer of them as they age — either from ovulation or natural egg death. Oftentimes, male fertility problems stem from low sperm count, which can be caused by any number of things, including past injuries.
Infertility comes into question after one year of trying to conceive without assistance or medical intervention. At this point, 12-15% of couples have remained unsuccessful, and after two years of trying to conceive, about 10% of couples have still not been able to experience a live birth.
As you may know, infertility can be heartbreaking and incredibly stressful. And if you’re going through it, you know that you’re doing everything you can — but it can be expensive.
The cost of fertility drugs varies widely, from $30.00 each month to thousands. It all depends on what you need.
The good news is that you can find many of your necessary fertility treatments at a more affordable price through international and online Canadian drugstores like NorthWestPharmacy.com. Here are five of our most popular fertility drugs.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (Similar to Pregnyl)
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG, similar to Pregnyl) is sometimes used during the course of fertility treatment in order to encourage the natural maturation and releasing of an egg. If hCG sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the same hormone that pregnancy tests use to detect whether you’re pregnant or not. Presence of the hormone triggers a positive test result.
Human chorionic gonadotropin is injected at a specific time during the menstrual cycle — typically when ovulation should be taking place. About 36 hours after injection, the person should ovulate, giving the couple a more pinpointed window of time for intercourse.
Additionally, this is a way for people doing intrauterine insemination (IUI) to improve the chances of successful fertilization. If a person has chosen in vitro fertilization (IVF), an injection can help ensure successful egg retrieval. They can do the injection 36 hours ahead of their insemination or retrieval appointment.
At the outset of fertility treatment, physicians typically administer hCG. However, it may be impractical for someone to go into an office every month to receive an injection. Therefore, physicians often teach their patients how to do the injections so they can be done at home.
One of the interesting things about hCG is that it can also be used as a male fertility drug. In cases where the source of fertility troubles is low sperm count, hCG is sometimes administered to men in order to boost the number of sperm the man produces to increase the likelihood of conception.
In the United States, a 10 mL vial of generic hCG costs about $375.00.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, we sell 10 mL vials of brand name human chorionic gonadotropin for about $187.00.
The 10 mL vial contains multiple doses (typically five). However, if you’re more comfortable with single doses, we do sell the generic in single-dose vials. The price for these 2 mL vials starts at about $46.00.
Crinone Vaginal Gel
One cause of infertility or difficulty conceiving is insufficient levels of progesterone in the second half of the menstrual cycle. Adequate progesterone levels are necessary in order for an egg to successfully implant into the uterine lining (endometrium).
This deficiency occurs during what’s called the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle and is sometimes called a luteal phase defect (LPD). During this phase (post-ovulation, but pre-period), the uterine walls are thickening in order to prepare for a pregnancy. If the uterine walls aren’t thick enough, the egg cannot implant.
For women with LPD, Crinone vaginal gel (progesterone) may be recommended by a physician. It is administered at home, typically by the patient herself. Crinone is pre-loaded into an applicator, so there is no measurement necessary.
Women undergoing IVF may be advised to use Crinone vaginal gel daily after insemination, and then continue for the 30 days following the confirmation of a successful pregnancy. The extra progesterone can be helpful in supporting a healthy uterine wall for a growing embryo.
In the U.S., you could pay as much as $700.00 for a box of 15 single-use applicators of Crinone 8% vaginal gel.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can buy a box of 15 single-use applicators of Crinone 8% vaginal gel for just $83.00.
There is no generic option at this time.
Serophene (also called Clomid)
Serophene (clomiphene), also known as Clomid, is an ovulatory agent with a very successful track record for helping couples conceive. Serophene increases two very specific hormones in the body: follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). FSH assists the eggs’ development in the ovaries, and LH is what triggers ovulation.
Women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are sometimes a good fit for Serophene because their hormone levels aren’t where they need to be in order for consistent ovulation to occur.
However, this particular fertility drug is not suitable for women with non-functioning ovaries. In order for Serophene to work properly, your ovaries need to be viable.
In the United States, you’re unlikely to find brand name Serophene at this point. With generic clomiphene being so readily available, insurance companies would much rather take that route. A one-month supply of 50 mg clomiphene costs about $40.00.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can buy a one-month supply of 50 mg brand name Serophene for about $210.00. But you can buy generic clomiphene at a cheaper price, and in three different doses: 25, 50, and 100 mg. A 100-day supply of the 25 mg dose starts at about $90.00.
Gonal F* Follitropin Alpha
Gonal F (follitropin alpha) is another FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) designed for both female and male fertility treatment. For women, Gonal F helps women develop healthy eggs to be released during ovulation. In men, it supports the cells necessary to make viable sperm.
Gonal F comes in pre-measured injectable pens or pre-measure powdered vials. Much like hCG, this fertility drug is typically administered the first time by a physician but can be administered by patients once they’ve been instructed how and where to place the injection.
Purchasing Gonal F may be more affordable through a Canadian prescription pharmacy online or international pharmacy than through a doctor’s office — it all depends on your doctor’s office and your insurance company. If you’re doing the injections at home, you may find it’s cheaper to also purchase the medication on your own.
In the U.S., Gonal F starts at about $1,332.00 for one injectable pen at the lowest dose (450 U/0.75 mL). The higher dose (900 U/1.5 mL) is double that — about $2,605.00. And again, this is for one injectable pen.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, we offer a few additional doses — 75, 300, 450, 900, 1050 IU. Some of these doses are available for you to buy in powder form, some in injectable pens, and some in both. Prices start at $108.00 for the lowest dose (powder).
Overall, the powder vials are less expensive because the mechanism is cheaper — you’re mixing the solution, as opposed to using a one-time-use injectable pen. The mechanism itself is more costly.
Like Serophene, the patient must have healthy, functional ovaries in order for the fertility treatment to work. There is no generic alternative available at this time.
Menopur (menotropins) is yet another FSH — like Serophene, this one contains LH, as well. If you’re sensing a pattern, it’s because there is one. FSH is a very effective fertility treatment for both men and women, but it can also be very costly. Add these circumstances to the number of times people may need to purchase fertility drugs (each month for however long it takes), and the numbers start to add up quite quickly.
In the case of Menopur, hCG is often used in order to increase the chances of ovulation. Menopur is administered first so the follicles can develop properly, and then the hCG injection. From here, the same windows of time are followed as with any other hCG injection — ovulation should occur about 36-38 hours after the injection, which is the preferred time for intercourse or egg retrieval.
In the U.S., Menopur is rather expensive, but is sold in powder vials only, which makes them cheaper than Gonal F. You can purchase a 5-pack of powder vials for about $1,110.00.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can buy the 5-pack of powder vials for about $412.00. Alternatively, you could purchase a 10-pack for about $502.00.
Saving Money on Fertility Drugs Through Online Pharmacies
We fully understand that infertility is an extremely emotional topic. Many couples don’t discuss their fertility troubles, but it’s encouraging to see some high-profile celebrities speaking out about their own struggles because it’s helped break through some of the stigma.
If you’ve been trying to conceive and are experiencing some sticker shock at the prices for your fertility treatments, you’re certainly not alone. We sell fertility drugs on a regular basis to couples who want a child, but simply cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on medication each month.
This may be your first venture into international and Canadian online pharmacies, and if so, you may be a bit apprehensive. It’s perfectly understandable to be nervous, and we want you to know that we take that responsibility seriously.
The absolute last thing you need to be worried about when you’re trying to conceive after all this time is the authenticity of your fertility drugs. We’re very proud to say that we can assuage that concern for you.
Your safety is our number one priority. As such, we maintain strict safety standards as set forth by two pharmacy associations: The Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) and the International Pharmacy Association of British Columbia (IPABC).
If you’re still concerned about using an international online pharmacy, we’d encourage you to read through our website, where you can read over 400,000 reviews from real life customers who were so satisfied with their experience that they took the time to leave a review.
These international and Canadian pharmacy reviews are left through third-party shopper sites that are designed to be an impartial, independent place where customers can leave their honest feedback without interference from the retailer. We maintain a consistent 4.8/5 star overall rating.
And finally, we’re very dedicated to providing stellar customer service. While many companies are trimming their call centers (or getting rid of them completely), we maintain a call center staffed by knowledgeable customer service representatives.
Our call center is open seven days a week to answer questions, help you find the medication you’re looking for, and even help you place an order.
Of course, if you’d like to get in touch with us when the call center is closed, you can always email us. We’ll get back to you ASAP.
In the meantime, look through the vast amount of information on our special feature articles page, where you may find the answers you’re looking for. You could also check out our frequently asked questions.
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