Definition - What does Menopur mean?

Menopur is an injectable human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG) medication used during infertility treatment. Classified as menotropins, it is a mixture of equally active follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). Menopur produces ovarian follicular growth and maturation. It is followed by the use of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) supplementation (also know as a trigger shot) to complete successful release of the egg.

FertilitySmarts explains Menopur

Menopur is isolated from the urine of postmenopausal women. It is given on day two or three of the fertility treatment cycle and continued for seven to ten days. The length of treatment is sometimes determined by estradiol levels and ultrasound monitoring of follicle development.

Menopur is a subcutaneous injection into the abdomen (at least two inches from the belly button) or thigh and rotate injection sites. Patients should be aware that using this fertility regimen multiple births may occur. Side effects may include abdominal pain, bloating, gastrointestinal upset, dizziness, shortness of breath, or rapid heart rate. Occasionally ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) where bloating, pain, and distention of the abdomen may occur and should be reported to the doctor.

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