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If you are experiencing problems with ovulation due to PCOS or other complications, and you are trying to achieve pregnancy, Ovulation Induction (OI) is a less invasive (and less expensive) alternative to IVF treatment. It is also often successful for younger women with fertility issues due to ovulation disorders.
How does ovulation induction work?
During an ovulation induction treatment, you will undergo a series of hormone injections, similar to those for IVF, but fewer hormones and lesser dose. We carefully monitor your hormone levels to avoid the risk of multiple pregnancies. As conception happens naturally with Ovulation Induction, we have less control over how many eggs will form into embryos.
Towards the time of ovulation, we may use an ultrasound to check the size of the follicles (as well as blood test) and we then trigger ovulation with one more injection.
You then go home and have sexual intercourse, and a few weeks later we take a blood test to check for ovulation and pregnancy.
The types of hormone medication you take will depend on your diagnosis. If you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), we may recommend Clomiphene tablets, or Letrazole - a new and highly effective drug that doesn’t interfere with the womb lining.
If tablets are not successful, we will use smaller injection doses due to the higher risk of ovarian hyperstimulation when you have PCOS.
How successful is Ovulation Induction?
For any couple, in any given month, the chance of achieving pregnancy is about 24% depending on your age, and the cause of the ovulation problem.