Ovulation Induction is a fertility treatment where medications are used to regulate ovulation or increase the number of eggs produced during a cycle, to increase the opportunity for pregnancy.
For women who are not ovulating or who have irregular menstrual cycles or unexplained infertility, oral or injectable fertility medications are often the first method suggested by fertility experts at Santasa IVF. Medications stimulate the release of hormones that drive egg production. Sometimes another hormonal injection is used to trigger ovulation, although sometimes we wait for that to happen naturally.
Process of Ovulation Induction
- Assessment - Prior to the treatment, the ovulation cycle is assessed to check the various levels of hormones present such as thyroid, prolactin, FSH, LH, testosterone and other male androgens through a blood test. The womb, ovaries and development of follicles and thickness of the uterus lining are also assessed with the help of ultrasound.
- Stimulation - Depending on the condition assessed previously, medications are then prescribed to help the growth of follicles containing eggs for them to mature and be released.
- Monitoring - During this course of treatment, regular check-ups to monitor the growth of number and size of follicles developing.
- Timed intercourse or artificial insemination - At the time of ovulation, patients are then advised to have intercourse for a successful pregnancy or intrauterine insemination is performed where the semen is inserted into the uterus for the eggs to be fertilized.