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Is Ovulation Induction Right for You?

What is Ovulation Induction? Are You a Good Candidate For It? What are the Risks Involved?

Ovulation induction is often used to improve the chances for pregnancy in women. It is a fertility treatment strategy that is often used as the first line treatment for individuals experiencing infertility. It involves the use of oral or injectable infertility drugs to stimulate the development of eggs. Ovulation, in conjunction with infertility drugs, is often combined with intrauterine insemination (IUI). IUI involves injection of the partner’s sperm or a donor’s sperm in the uterus at the time of ovulation to increase the likelihood of conception.

Are You a Good Candidate?

Ovulation induction can be used in individuals who have:

  • cervical factor infertility
  • unexplained infertility
  • mild endometriosis
  • mild male factor infertility
  • irregular menstrual cycles
  • persistent infertility due to mild poor egg quality in spite of other treatments.

What Medications are Used?

The most common medications that are used for ovulation induction are Clomid and Letrozole. Both drugs are taken orally. Less commonly, an injectable medication can be used to make multiple follicles grow in the ovaries. The injectable medications contain follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) or human menopausal gonadotropins (HMG.) The medications control the timing of the egg release so that sexual intercourse and intrauterine inseminations can be scheduled at the most likely time to become pregnant.

There is an increased chance of multiple pregnancies with injectable medication when compared with medications taken orally. No increase in birth defects or congenital abnormalities has been associated with any of these medications. In addition to multiple births, Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) is a risk, but the risk is minimized when patients are monitored closely.

What are the Chances for Success?

Fertility medications, combined with IUI, have an 11.29% chance of pregnancy success per fertility cycle when used for unexplained fertility.

How Can Opionato Help You?

Individuals experiencing a fertility challenge are often confused when and with which first line of therapy to start with among medication only, medical with insemination, or in vitro fertilization. Each type of approach uses different drugs and consists of hundreds of protocols and treatment add-ons.

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