GnRHa is not really a fertility medication; however, it is often used as part of your IVF protocol. When used in this practice, GnRHa is given first to restrain your own body's hormones. Once your natural hormones have been suppressed, another medication (usually the gonadotropins discussed previously) will be given to induce ovulation. Using this protocol, the fertility specialist is able to precisely control the reproductive hormones and ovulation, thereby making conception more likely.
GnRHa can also be used as treatment for painful endometriosis. Your reproductive hormones are shut down, your periods stop, and the pain associated with endo-metriosis is gone. When GnRHa is used in this way, your body is transformed into a temporary menopausal state and pregnancy cannot occur during this time. This use of GnRHa is mentioned here because many women with fertility issues suffer from endometriosis. Therefore, it is possible that this treatment may be presented to you as temporary relief to your painful endometriosis symptoms.
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