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Fertility Treatments: a Journey No One Dreams of Having to Experience

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of many techniques that are used to help people have children who have the misfortune of having fertility inconsistencies. This extensive process includes being poked and prodded, having a horde of testing done, facing many hormone replacement therapy options, egg retrieval from the ovaries, attempting to fertilize the egg with sperm in a laboratory to create an embryo, inserting the embryo back into the womb, and it sadly doesn’t end there. There are expanded wait times with hopes that it was successful, which tragically isn’t always to outcome. For many, this journey is a trial-and-error kind of experience. IVF can be physically, mentally, and emotionally painful. Many insurances do not cover procedures, treatment, or medications for IVF which puts a financial strain on many families that endure this. At Sonoran Drugs, we have a desire of trying to help with more cost-efficient pricing and having the medications mailed or delivered straight to your door at no extra fee for your convenience. Fees may apply if the prescription is a refrigerated item.

Thomas Shaw, PharmD is the founder and owner of Sonoran Drugs. He and his wife Ashley had to undergo financial, emotional/mental, and physical tension with IVF for two of their three astounding children. By choosing Sonoran Drugs to help take care of your medication needs, you will have a pharmacist who can empathize and understand first-hand what you’re going through. Thomas will always stay transparent with you and will admit if specific prescriptions aren’t at a better price through his pharmacy. He has an aspiration to help alleviate stress, that’s all too familiar, that others must go through to obtain this beautiful goal. IVF is a journey that no one has ever dreamt of participating in.

Another common fertility treatment is called intrauterine insemination (IUI). Intrauterine insemination is a procedure that includes a type of artificial insemination. Instead of doing egg retrieval, fertilizing in a lab, and reimplanting into the womb, the partner or donor’s sperm gets washed and concentrated then placed directly into the uterus around the time the ovary releases egg(s) to be fertilized. IUI may be attempted with and without fertility medications. By adding fertility medications for this procedure, the chances of ovulating and conceiving after insemination are raised.

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Key Words

  • Gonadotropins- peptide hormones that regulate ovarian and testicular function which are essential for normal growth, reproduction, and sexual development.

  • Chorionic Gonadotropins (hCG)- a hormone that the placenta produces during pregnancy. It can be found in the blood and the urine around 10 to 11 days after conception. Levels of hCG are at the highest towards the end of the first trimester of pregnancy then begin to decline for the rest of the pregnancy. This hormone triggers your body to produce more estrogen and progesterone.

  • LHRH Agonists (or LHRH analogs)- synthetic proteins that are structurally like LHRH and bind to the LHRH receptor in the pituitary gland.

  • Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Antagonists (GnRH)- stimulates the female body’s production of estrogen and progesterone, which are predominant female sex hormones that play a key role in ovulation and conception.

  • Progesterone- supports implantation and pregnancy.

  • Estradiol- a hormone that is critical to the normal growth of and development of the female reproductive organs and the maturation of the egg in the ovary. During the menstrual cycle, estradiol levels increase, which causes the maturation and release of the egg, then thickening the lining of the uterus to allow a fertilized egg to implant.

  • Estrogen- a group of hormones that play an important role in the normal sexual and reproductive development in women.

If you would like to speak directly with a member of our staff, we would be happy to help answer any questions or concerns you may have. Sonoran Drugs will always be transparent about if we are the most cost-efficient route for your healthcare needs. Our operating hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. We can be reached by phone at (623)583-2045, through our social media platforms, and even through email at Visit our website at

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