Ovulation Induction

Ovulation induction is the process of taking medication to stimulate the ovaries to make eggs be eleased mid cycle. This can be done by taking oral medications or injectable medications. Clomid or Femara are oral medications often prescribed to be taken days 3 through 7 of the cycle followed by home ovulation predictor kits.

Some do not pick up the hormone surge on the ovulation predictor kits and may need to come to the office mid cycle for a transvaginal ultrasound to monitor the ovarian response to the mediations. Timed Intercourse or artificial insemination is the typical treatment option when taking these medications.

Gonadatropins are injectable medications used to stimulate the ovaries to mature eggs. The injections are given in the privacy of your home each day. Serial ultrasounds and hormone levels are performed during the course of treatment. Each appointment will include a transvaginal ultrasound to monitor the number of follicles (eggs sacs) developing and a blood draw to monitor the amount of estrogen being produced by the ovaries. This allows the prediction of the number of mature eggs developing. When appropriate an HCG injection will be given to trigger ovulation and intrauterine insemination will be planned.