The first thing people think of when it comes to fertility issues is IVF. However, if your ovulation is infrequent, ovulation induction might be the right treatment for you. Ovulation induction requires taking medication to increase ovulation. 

There are two types of medications used to increase ovulation, oral medications such as Clomid or Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) injections. Here’s the difference between the two.

Oral medications

fertility simulating medicationsThere are many forms of medication taken orally for ovulation induction. 

If a woman has high prolactin (this can be tested by a blood test) there are a number of options to reduce the prolactin. 

If a woman has polycystic ovarian syndrome and is not ovulating, drugs such as letrozole, clomiphene, metformin, tamoxifen, and dexamethasone can be used. Some gynaecologists have expertise in using these but often specialists in fertility who hold a qualification CREI (Certificate in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) will be experts in this area. 

FSH injections

FSH injections are very fine needle injections (using a pen-device) that are to be taken at the same time daily. FSH injections used in low doses work directly on the ovaries to stimulate the growth of one follicle or egg.

Learn more about Ovulation Induction and if it’s right for you.

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