Purchasing Fertility Medications on the Internet

The Dos and Don'ts of E-Shopping


  • DO buy your fertility medications from a licensed U.S. pharmacy, using the prescription from your doctor. Licensed U.S. pharmacies provide medications that meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) high standards for safety and effectiveness.
  • DO look for National Association of Boards of Pharmacy's Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) seal of approval. This program was developed in 1999 to highlight sites that adhere to stringent licensing and inspection standards.
  • DO buy your fertility medications from a pharmacy that specializes in fertility medication-for low prices, seasoned counseling and quick fulfillment.
  • DO refer to Path2Parenthood list of pharmacies that specialize in fertility or call the Path2ParenthoodPath2Parenthood helpline for a referral at 1-888-917-3777.
  • DO look for a pharmacy that accepts your prescription insurance program.


  • DON'T get drawn into cheaper substitutes by purchasing medications from unlicensed sellers, such as foreign suppliers or private individuals. Less expensive could mean less effective.
  • DON'T buy your fertility medication from a foreign supplier, where doses may differ and the drugs are likely to get damaged or expire during shipment.
  • DON'T buy your fertility medications from an individual selling "left over" or "unused" medication. It's against the law, and you're only decreasing your chances of success by using a product of unknown origin.
  • DON'T take medication advice from anyone but your doctor.