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Ovulation Induction

Women who have ovulation disorders (meaning the ovary does not release an egg regularly) often present with an absence of periods (amenorrhoea) or infrequent periods (oligomenorrhoea). This can be due to an imbalance of hormones released by the pituitary gland.

 

In many of these cases, treatment with the fertility drug Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid or Serophene) is effective. Results show that 4 out of 5 women given Clomid will ovulate.

 

Pregnancy rates of between 10-20% are normal, dependant on infertility cause.

 

Clomid can often cause side effects such as headaches, hot flushes and sleep disturbances. The treatment should be reviewed if it has not worked within 3- 6 months.

 

Another treatment option involves a course of daily injections with Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). This is used in women who do not respond to treatment with Clomid. This is a highly successful ovulation induction method.

 

Multiple pregnancy with the use of these hormones is an ever-present risk. The treatment requires careful monitoring. The best method to monitor the ovaries involves the use of ultrasound. Our clinic can provide this service, avoiding the need for expensive ultrasound scans at independent radiology units.