Puregon is a brand name for a synthetic gonadotropin, which is a type of drug used to stimulate egg production. Puregon and other gonadotropins are often used for women undergoing IUI (intrauterine insemination) or IVF (in-vitro fertilization), or those who aren’t ovulating.
If you’re prescribed Puregon, you’ll need to inject the medication yourself — usually once a day for a period of seven to 12 days. The injections are meant to help develop follicle production in the ovaries — each follicle is supposed to contain one egg. The idea is to fertilize that egg and get you pregnant!
Puregon is usually prescribed in Europe. In the US, you may be more likely to be prescribed Follistim or Gonal-F — in general, gonadotropins all do the same thing, but some are synthetic (Puregon is one of them) and some (like Bravelle) are made from natural hormones (derived from menopausal women’s urine — don’t worry; it’s highly purified!)
With gonadotropins, there’s a risk of multiple pregnancy and, rarely, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, so your doctor will watch you closely for any side effects.
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