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Menotrophin is used in the treatment of female infertility (inability to become pregnant) and male hypogonadism (decrease in male hormone).

How it works

Menotrophin belongs to the class of medications called trophic hormones. It acts by increasing the follicle stimulating hormone which helps in the development of multiple follicles and maturation of eggs in ovaries, and in males it helps by increasing the sperm count.

Common side effects

Nausea, Numbness, Decreased urination, Pelvic pain, Pulmonary edema, Abdominal pain, Swelling, Joint pain, Blood clot in the blood vessels, Blood clot in the legs, Diarrhoea, Shortness of breath, Feeling thirsty, Fever, Fluid retention, Development of breasts in men, Headache, Mood swings, Vomiting, Fatigue, Weight gain


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Expert advice

  • If you are having periods, your treatment will start within the first 7 days of your menstrual cycle and will continue for up to 3 weeks.
  • You will be monitored for ovarian activity by measuring urinary estrogen at regular intervals, until stimulation occurs.
  • Take special care if you had infertility treatment in the past.
  • Refrain from sexual intercourse or use barrier contraception methods for at least 4 days and pelvic examinations to be avoided or carried out with care.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)