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Ovulation problems can make it difficult to get pregnant.
Induction of Ovulation is a fertility treatment which helps you ovulate, if you do not ovulate naturally.
You can then choose to try for a baby naturally, or opt for fertility treatment such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or donor sperm insemination (DI), which places sperm close to the egg for pregnancy.
Induction of Ovulation can be a useful treatment if you have irregular or absent ovulation, due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or other causes.
Induction of Ovulation works by stimulating the ovaries to produce an egg for conception.
This treatment is used if you are failing to ovulate, but have normal fallopian tubes.
We will check your hormone levels and ovarian reserve to make sure that Induction of Ovulation is the right treatment for you. We will examine your medical history and perform tests to look at your fallopian tubes and ovulation cycle.
You will be prescribed a course of fertility medications which trigger the development of eggs in the ovaries. These may be in the form of tablets or hormone injecions. You will be closely monitored through ultrasound and blood tests, so we can check you are responding safely.
We will measure your hormone levels to pinpoint when ovulation is about to occur. You can then try for a baby through normal intercourse or insemination treatment.
Because the ovaries are undergoing stimulation, there is a risk that you may release more than one egg, leading to multiple pregnancy. For this reason, if it looks likely that you may release three or more eggs, we will advise that treatment should be cancelled in that cycle.
You may also experience abdominal discomfort and swelling, due to a condition called Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS).
We will explain the risks of ovarian stimulation to you before you consent to treatment.
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