Basic Fertility Treatment Begins with Ovulation Induction
Nearly 1 in 4 infertile women will have problems ovulating, or releasing an egg. Coaxing the body to ovulate with fertility medications is considered a first-line fertility treatment. In fact, ovulation induction may be all the intervention you need to achieve a successful pregnancy.
At Tulsa Fertility Center, we believe that oftentimes the least invasive methods can yield the best results.
Most infertility treatments will involve ovulation induction. We want to ensure that the ovaries cooperate as you make plans for intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization. In some cases, however, simply taking medication that stimulates the ovaries and planning unprotected sexual intercourse around ovulation will lead to a pregnancy.
Fulfilling dreams for a family sometimes begins with filling your prescription for Clomid or injectable fertility medications.
Fertility specialists have prescribed the proven fertility drug clomiphene citrate for years. Prescribed under the brand names Clomid™, Femara™ or Serophene™, these oral drugs effectively instruct the ovaries to produce follicle-stimulating hormones (FSH), the precursor to ovulation. This gentle stimulation often produces the single egg necessary for fertilization.
Ovulation disorders are a leading cause of female infertility. Nearly 75 percent of women with ovulation dysfunction respond well to clomiphene.
We prescribe clomiphene citrate during the early part of a menstrual cycle for two reasons:
- Women who do not have regular menstrual cycles or who regularly skip menstruation benefit from regulating their cycles with ovulation induction therapy.
- Women who already ovulate can increase the number of eggs their body releases during ovulation, increasing their chances for getting pregnant.
When Clomid alone does not produce the results we’d like, your Tulsa fertility specialist will discuss the option of adding an injectable fertility medication, a gonadotropin, to the protocol for a hybrid cycle.
Introducing an injectable medication will require more frequent visits to Tulsa Fertility Center for sonograms and blood work.
Ovulation Induction and the Risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome and Multiple Births
When we add injectable fertility medication, Tulsa Fertility Center closely monitors ovarian stimulation, watching the number of egg-containing follicles that mature. We do so to help you avoid hyperstimulation, an uncomfortable swelling of the ovaries, as well as a pregnancy with multiple births.
When you partner with a responsible, accredited fertility center, you can rest assured that we fastidiously safeguard your health and the health of your baby during fertility treatment cycles.
Your fertility specialist will review your health history and speak with you as a couple before making recommendations about ovulation induction. With severe male infertility, anatomical causes of infertility or advanced maternal age, we will explain your advanced options for getting pregnant.
Contact us at our Tulsa fertility center to learn how ovulation induction and Clomid can turn trying into succeeding.