Ovulation Induction

IVF babyOvulation induction is a term that describes the use of fertility medications to stimulate the ovaries to release one or more mature eggs for fertilization.

How Ovulation Induction Works

In ovulation induction, oral medications, such as Clomid or Femara, and/or injectable gonadotropins (FSH) are used to stimulate the ovaries to release mature eggs. When synchronized with timed intercourse, ovulation induction significantly increases the chance of conception.

Candidates For Ovulation Induction

An estimated one-fourth of infertile women suffer from some type of ovulation dysfunction, which leads to irregular or missed menstrual periods. Home ovulation kits, basal temperature charts, blood tests, ultrasounds and uterine biopsies can all be helpful in diagnosing an ovulatory problem. Ovulation induction can be beneficial for women with any type of ovulatory dysfunction. It may also be used in cases of unexplained infertility, endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Risks Associated with Ovulation Induction

All ovulation induction should be performed under the care of a trained fertility specialist, since complications can occur even when cycles are closely monitored. The medications are not recommended for long term use. A small number of women experience an exaggerated response to the fertility drugs, resulting in ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). Symptoms of OHSS include ovarian enlargement, fluid retention and weight gain. There is also a higher percentage of multiple births in women who take fertility drugs, particularly injectable medications.

Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates provides ovulation induction treatment to patients in Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Colleyville, Denton and the remaining Dallas and Tarrant County Areas.

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