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a preparation of gonadotropins from the urine of postmenopausal women; it contains follicle-stimulating hormone and is used in conjunction with human chorionic gonadotropin to induce ovulation in the treatment of female infertility and to stimulate multiple oocyte development in ovulatory patients utilizing assisted reproductive technologies. Administered by subcutaneous injection.
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A preparation of gonadotropin extracted from the urine of postmenopausal women, used in conjunction with human chorionic gonadotropin to induce ovulation.
See also: menotropins.
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A lyophilised formulation of follicle-stimulating hormone purified from the urine of postmenopausal women, which is used to induce ovulation and as part of the regimen for assisted reproductive technologies—e.g., in vitro fertilisation.

Contraindications Bravelle
• High FSH level indicating primary ovarian failure;
• Uncontrolled thyroid and adrenal dysfunction;
• An organic intracranial lesion—especially pituitary tumours;
• Any cause of infertility other than anovulation;
• Abnormal bleeding of undetermined origin;
• Ovarian cysts or enlargement not due to polycystic ovary syndrome;
• Prior hypersensitivity to urofollitropins, purified;
• Pregnancy.
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A preparation of gonadotropin extracted from the urine of postmenopausal women, used in conjunction with human chorionic gonadotropin to induce ovulation.
See also: menotropins
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