Ovulation induction is a simple process designed to help the ovaries produce and release one or more ova so as to increase the chances of achieving conception through planned sexual intercourse or artificial insemination (IUI). It is indicative in women who produce low levels of ovulation-causing hormones or who have no ovulation at all, such as women with polycystic ovary. You will need to take medicines (tablets or injections) to stimulate hormonal production.
How Does Ovulation Induction occur?
By inducing ovulation we will confirm when you are actually ovulating:
- By collecting blood samples to measure hormone levels at specific days of the cycle,
- By making you undergo continuously intravaginal ultrasounds to establish and measure the development of follicles in the ovaries, and the thickness and quality of the endometrium.
The ovulation induction cycle
Day 1 (of the period): call the “GONIMOTIS” clinic to schedule an appointment for an ultrasound
Day 2: Start taking the personalized medication that we have recommended for you
Day 7-14: We will perform ultrasound scans to measure follicles and blood tests to measure your hormone levels.
Women who do not have a regular cycle may need longer to produce eggs and ovulation may occur well after the 14th day.
Which drugs are used to induce ovulation?
Clomiphene citrate (Serpafar – Clomiphen Citrate) can be used for up to 3 cycles and should be taken from the 2-6th day of the cycle.
Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) injections are much more efficient than clomiphene and greatly enhance the chances of getting pregnant.