Ovulation Induction

In a normal menstrual cycle, an egg grows, develops, and matures to the point of its release, called ovulation, in the attempt to achieve pregnancy. For some of our patients, ovulation doesn’t always work this way. This process depends on a delicate balance of hormones and other factors. We can help ensure this balance is reached to improve your chances of pregnancy.

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About Ovulation Induction

In ovulation induction, patients are treated with hormone medications to increase the chances of ovulation. These medications stimulate the ovaries to produce a mature egg and release it so it may be fertilized. Ovulation induction medications are used to help women who do not produce a single, healthy egg during ovulation, and women who ovulate but the quality or number of eggs produced is not sufficient to achieve a successful pregnancy. Ovulation induction is also used during IVF cycles for the retrieval of multiple eggs so that following fertilization, the best embryo can be selected for transfer.

Because fertility drugs can cause mood swings and increase the chance of multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets, or more), they are best prescribed by infertility specialists certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

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