What is Ovulation Induction (OI)?
Ovulation induction (OI) is a fertility treatment that uses medications to cause or regulate ovulation, or increase the number of eggs produced during a cycle, to increase the opportunity for pregnancy.
Ovulation induction medications include clomiphene citrate. This oral drug promotes growth of the fluid-filled sacks (follicles) containing the eggs. If you do not ovulate, or you ovulate and do not become pregnant after clomiphene therapy, other medications known as gonadotropins (FSH) may be prescribed, either alone or in combination.
Gonadotropins are taken by injection under the skin. They replace but are identical to natural follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and if they are successful the ovaries produce multiple follicles and high-quality, mature eggs.
Your hormone levels and follicular development are tracked throughout the stimulation cycle. If required, your medication protocol (the type and dose) may be altered for optimum results.
Is Ovulation Induction (OI) suitable for me?
Ovulation induction is recommended for women with unexplained infertility, or long, irregular or infrequent cycles, as well as women who are not spontaneously ovulating.
It may also be recommended for couples where there is no male-factor of infertility.
Ovulation induction is not recommended for women over 38 years of age; those with tubal blockage or severe tubal damage; women with severe endometriosis, and couples with a low sperm count or poor sperm motility/morphology.
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