Ovulation Induction Procedure
What is ovulation induction?
Ovulation induction involves the use of medications to stimulate the development of one or more mature follicles in a woman’s ovaries.
Women who have ovulatory problems such as irregular cycles or an-ovulation (do not ovulate) may be treated using ovulation induction as these women do not regularly develop mature follicles themselves.
Your ovaries are stimulated with either oral medication or hormone injections. Pelvic ultrasound scans are then used to access the endometrium (lining of the womb) and to determine how the follicles are developing. Blood tests may also be carried out to measure hormone levels and to determine when a woman is most likely to ovulate (a woman’s most fertile time).
Ovulation induction cycles are followed by a hCG injection to induce ovulation. Timed sexual intercourse can then take place or Intrauterine Insemination can be performed at the ideal time.
Your fertility specialist Dr. Prathiba Govindaiah will assess your ovulation cycle with blood tests to measure hormone levels at specific stages of your cycle; and an ultrasound to see the development of follicles in the ovaries and thickness and appearance of the uterus lining.
Your ovaries are stimulated with medications to promote the growth of follicles containing eggs. Your specialist will discuss with you the most appropriate medication or combination of medications for your situation.
Your cycle is monitored very closely with ultrasounds and/or blood tests to check the number and size of follicles developing, this is essential to reduce the risk of a multiple pregnancy.
Timed intercourse or artificial insemination
Near the time of ovulation your specialist will advise the most appropriate day to have sexual intercourse to maximise your chance of pregnancy or perform an intrauterine insemination where prepared sperm is inserted into the uterus.