What is Ovulation Induction?
Women who experience irregular or unpredictable menstrual periods are often not ovulating (releasing an egg), which can lead to infertility. To treat this condition, physicians use various medications to induce the growth and release of a single mature egg. This process is called Ovulation Induction. However, care must be taken to avoid the release of multiple eggs to limit the possibility of multiple pregnancies.
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Treatment for those with PCOS
Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) often fail to ovulate regularly, which makes it difficult for them to get pregnant.
When Ovulation Induction is used, their normal cycles are restored and they can successfully get pregnant quickly.
Ovulation Induction Medication Options
If you and your doctor decide that Ovulation Induction is right for you, the next step is to decide which medications to use. There are 2 common medications that may be used:
- Letrozole (a pill)
- Injectable fertility medications (gonadotropins)
Letrozole is often the fertility drug of choice for both ovulation induction and superovulation. If treatment with Letrozole doesn’t result in a pregnancy, injectable fertility medications (gonadotropins) might be a good option.
Both medications can be combined with intrauterine insemination to increase your chances of pregnancy.
Because every situation is different, other medications might be prescribed depending on your goals and diagnosis, especially if you have PCOS. Your doctor will help you figure out which options are best for you.
Superovulation is a treatment similar to Ovulation Induction, but with a different goal.
Similar to Ovulation Induction, Superovulation uses medication to induce follicle growth – but the goal is to induce the growth of multiple follicles leading to the release of multiple eggs.
At Dominion Fertility we prefer to combine Superovulation with In Vitro Fertilization (Stimulated Cycle IVF) to provide the highest success and lowest incidence of multiple pregnancies.