New Fertility Drug?

Submitted by Shelby D Burns Wed 01/19/2011

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Iinjection The demand for options to fertility challenges is high. Drugs, surgery and treatments of all kinds are being worked on by people all over the world. There is one being actively tested now at the Women & Infants Hospital in Boston. They are conducting a national, randomized study to investigate the viability of a new drug. This drug requires a one time weekly injection as opposed to the daily injections other treatments require. The drug would stimulate the ovaries to make follicles and produce an egg. Women between the ages of 35 and 42 may qualify for the test without having to pay any of the associated fees. They may also qualify for the in vitro fertilization procedure at no cost if they are accepted into the study using the investigational drug. The lead investigator is Bala Bhagavath, MD, an endocrinologist at the Center for Reproduction and Infertility at Women & Infants hospital. She is also a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. “Traditional infertility treatment requires the use of a drug that is administered through daily injections to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs,” said Dr. Bhagavath. “This new drug would require a single injection that lasts seven days. This is obviously much easier for the patient, and we’re hope it will be equally, if not more, effective than the current drugs available.”

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