- Ovulation induction involves taking medication to induce ovulation by encouraging eggs to develop in the ovaries and be released, stimulating the chance of conception through timed intercourse or artificial insemination.
- It is most suitable for women who are producing low levels of hormones for ovulation or who are not ovulating at all but have normal fallopian tubes and the male partner has a normal semen.
Assessment: Your fertility specialist will assess your ovulation cycle with blood tests to measure hormone levels at specific stages of your cycle; and an ultrasound to see the development of follicles in the ovaries, thickness and appearance of the uterus lining.
Stimulation: Your ovaries are stimulated with medications to promote the growth of follicles containing eggs. Your specialist will discuss with you the most appropriate medication or combination of medications for your situation.
Monitoring: Your cycle is monitored very closely with ultrasounds and/or blood tests to check the number and size of follicles developing, this is essential to reduce the risk of a multiple pregnancy.
Timed intercourse or artificial insemination: Near the time of ovulation your specialist will advise the most appropriate day to have sexual intercourse to maximise your chance of pregnancy or perform an intrauterine insemination where prepared sperm is inserted into the uterus.