Ovulation induction is a treatment for infrequent, poor quality or absent ovulation. Having a defect of ovulation is the most treatable form of infertility and use of assisted reproductive technology such as IVF is often not required. There are many options for inducing ovulation in women with ovulatory disturbances.
Who is it for?
- Many women with ovulatory disturbances have PCOS.
- Woman with an ovulatory disturbances, and a partner with good quality sperm and normal tubes
- Woman with a BMI of under 35kg/m2
What is the Ovulation Induction procedure?
Before commencing ovulation induction the woman’s partner needs to arrange a seminal fluid analysis (also known as a sperm test) to ensure the quality of the semen is normal.
For woman who have a past history of sexually transmitted infection such as Chlamydial infection or have had pelvic surgery or appendicitis, sometimes require the Fallopian tubes to be checked to ensure they are open. The Fallopian tubes are checked by an operation called a laparoscopy or an X-ray or ultrasound. The X-ray or ultrasound do not require anaesthetic or sedation.
Once the couple have made a decision to undertake ovulation induction and the preparation is complete there are a number of means of inducing ovulation. Some are pills taken by mouth and some are injections of follicle stimulating hormone. With women who have PCOS, ovulation can be induced by ovarian drilling.