A very sad story from the US about couples who are buying fertility drugs from unlicensed suppliers online in order to be able to pay for their treatment. Journalists in the States found that a wide range of fertility drugs were being offered for sale at cheap prices though online message boards. Sometimes people who have had treatment find that they have drugs left over, and it seems that some are opting to sell them online.
Although it can be cheaper to buy drugs this way, it really isn’t worth it. You don’t know who you are buying them from, you don’t know whether they have been properly kept and stored and you don’t even know if they really are the drugs that they claim to be. It is quite possible that the drugs won’t do what they are meant to – and so saving money this way could render all the rest of the money you’re spending on your treatment useless. What’s more, the US report makes it clear that you could also cause yourself medical problems.
A previous report here in the UK found a similar picture with fertility drugs being sold online and made it clear that it is illegal to sell them in this way. The drugs should only be sold at a registered pharmacy or under the supervision of a pharmacist. Don’t try to save money this way – it really isn’t worth it. Far better to shop around for the best legal option to buy as explained in this post.
One of the most frustrating things about going through fertility tests and treatment can be the waiting – and so it’s not surprising that people are sometimes tempted to take matters into their own hands. If that’s a matter of chasing up funding for treatment, going to visit different fertility clinics or seeing a complementary therapist it can be a positive thing. Buying fertility drugs online, however, is not a good idea under any circumstances. The problem is thought to be so widespread that the website Netmums is carrying out a survey looking into the issue.
Clomifene citrate, or Clomid, is a drug which can be used to help women who have problems with ovulation – and which is apparently now widely available on the Internet for people who have decided to take it without medical support. I think part of the reason for this is a general misunderstanding about what Clomid is and what it can do – it’s sometimes described as a fertility-boosting drug, leaving people under the misapprehension that it will boost anyone’s fertility. In fact, this is really not the case at all as if you ovulate normally it may make you less fertile rather than more fertile because it can thicken the cervical mucus.
Women who are taking Clomid should be carefully monitored to make sure that they are not at in danger of a multiple pregnancy – twins may sound ideal, but multiple birth is the biggest risk from fertility treatment, and it would be awful to lose a pregnancy because you’d bought drugs online, which is a very real possibility.
Finally, there are restrictions on how Clomid should be taken with no more than six cycles recommended because of a possible link with ovarian cancer.
What’s perhaps more worrying is that you don’t actually know what you’re buying when you purchase drugs online – they may be out of date and they may not be what they claim to be at all.
If Clomid is the right treatment for you, your doctor or consultant will prescribe it – please, please don’t buy it online.