The treatment of infertility in either sex is a highly specialised business, requiring a detailed understanding of reproductive physiology and analysis of the cause.
Depending on the cause, the following agents, already described, are used:
For women: to procure ovulation
• Hypothalamic hormone: gonadorelin (p. 711)
• Anterior pituitary hormones: follicle stimulating hormone (p. 711); chorionic gonadotrophin
• Bromocriptine for hyperprolactinaemia (p. 711).
For men: to enhance spermatogenesis: the same agents as for ovulation are used; androgens are not useful unless there is hypogonadism.
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