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Follicle Stimulating Hormone

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Follicle Stimulating Hormone is used for stimulating a follicle (egg), allowing it to develop and then mature when a woman’s ovaries can produce the follicle but the hormonal stimulation is insufficient for maturing it. The medication is also used for stimulating the development of several eggs in case of in-vitro fertilization. Also, it can be used in treating the production of sperm in men. It is available in liquid form and has to be injected in the body. However, it must be noted that the medication can be of no help if the ovaries are incapable of producing an egg or if the testes are not able to produce any sperm.

Before using Follicle Stimulating Hormone, make sure that you do not have the following conditions:

  • Pregnant women should not use the medication as it can harm or lead to birth defects in an unborn baby
  • An untreated thyroid, adrenal gland or pituitary gland disorder
  • Abnormal or heavy vaginal bleeding that has remain untreated
  • Breast, ovary, uterus, testicle or pituitary cancer
  • An allergy to the ingredients present in the medicine

Follicle Stimulating Hormone is injected under your skin or in the muscle, generally under the supervision of a doctor. If you are self-injecting yourself, make sure you have the proper instructions regarding usage and dosage. Before starting with the medication, your doctor must be informed if you have conditions like asthma, polycystic ovary disease or a medical history of blood clot and stroke.

The mild side effects of Follicle Stimulating Hormone include headache, mild nausea, tingly feeling, runny or stuffy nose, swelling of the breast, mild pelvic pain or redness or irritation in the area where it has been injected. However, consult your doctor immediately if you face serious side effects such as:

  • Extreme pain in the lower stomach
  • Sudden weakness or numbness, especially in one side of your body
  • Less than normal urination
  • Swelling of the arms and the legs
  • An allergic reaction, symptoms of which include swelling of the face, hives, difficulty in breathing
  • Extreme pelvic pain on a particular side

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Gynaecologist before using this medicine.
  • Female Infertility

    This medicine is used for the treatment of infertility in women who are not able to ovulate, but no ovarian failure is detected. It may happen due to other diseases affecting the normal ovulation process.
  • Assisted Reproductive Technique

    This medicine is used in combination with others to stimulate the production of multiple ovum which can be used for In vitro fertilization.
  • Male Infertility

    This medicine is also used in to treat male fertility by promoting the production of sperm cells.
  • Allergy

    This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known history of allergy to it or any other Gonadotropin hormonal preparations.
  • Primary Ovarian Failure

    This medicine is not recommended for use in women who are not able to produce eggs due to ovarian failure. This is indicated by high level of follicle stimulating hormone in the body.
  • Hormonal Disorders

    This medicine is not recommended for use in patients who have hormonal disorder due to abnormal secretions from thyroid, adrenal glands or the pituitary.
  • Tumor

    This medicine is not recommended for use in patients who have a tumor of the reproductive organs due to caused due to high levels of sex hormones. It should not be used for patients who have a tumor of the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus.
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

    This medicine is not recommended for patients who have an abnormal uterine bleeding and the cause is undetermined.
  • Ovarian Cysts

    This medicine is not recommended for use in patients who have an ovarian cyst or enlargement which is of unknown origin and is not due to Polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • Primary Testicular Failure

    This medicine is not recommended for treating infertility in men who are not able to produce sperm cells due to testicular failure.
  • Severe Stomach Ache

  • Bloating

  • Diarrhoea

  • Nausea Or Vomiting

  • Pelvic Pain

  • Rapid Weight Gain

  • Heavy Vaginal Bleeding

  • Unusual Tiredness And Weakness

  • Increased Blood Pressure

  • Depressed Mood

  • Fever

  • Severe Skin Allergy

  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The effect of this medicine lasts until the end of the ovulation cycle.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The effect of this medicine is cumulative and can be observed when ovulation happens.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Use of this medicine is not recommended for women who are pregnant as the risk of birth defects and abnormalities in the newborn is very high. Consult your doctor regarding the risks associated with the use of this medicine during pregnancy.
  • Is it habit forming?

  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Use of this medicine by women who are breastfeeding is not recommended. If it becomes absolutely necessary to use this medicine, then breastfeeding should be discontinued. Consult your doctor regarding the risks associated with use while nursing an infant.
  • Missed Dose instructions

    Contact your doctor for further instructions if you have missed a scheduled dose of this medicine.
  • Overdose instructions

    Contact your doctor if an overdose with this medicine is suspected.
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Follicle Stimulating Hormone acts by stimulating the growth and development of follicles in the ovary and also promotes the production of sperm cells

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Alcohol


    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Interaction with Lab Test


    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Medicine


    Report the use of ganirelix to the doctor before receiving follicle stimulating hormone. You may need a dose adjustment and a set of tests to determine the safety and efficacy of use. Do not stop the use of any medicine without consulting your doctor.
  • Interaction with Disease


    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Food


    Information not available.
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