Ovulation Induction Therapy
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Who Should Consider Ovulation Induction Therapy?
Women With Hormonal Imbalances
Hormonal imbalances are one potential cause of irregular or absent ovulation. These imbalances are initiated from a women’s brain, ovaries, or adrenal glands and cause a lack of egg production. Hormonal medication such as clomiphene citrate (Clomid®) or human menopausal gonadotropin (HMG) may be used to induce ovulation.
Women With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Women with a lack of ovulation may be experiencing polycystic ovarian syndrome, a hormonal disorder common in women of reproductive age. This condition prevents a woman from releasing eggs regularly or can even prevent ovulation altogether.
Women Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization
Ovulation induction may be prescribed to women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). A so-called “superovulation” is induced by the medication, where multiple eggs are produced to increase the chances of a women’s success in getting pregnant.
Types of Induction Medications
Oral medications can help induce egg production for women who may not be ovulating. In some cases, oral medication can also be used to increase the number of eggs produced. Common oral medications used for ovulation induction therapy are:
- FEMARA® letrozole
- Tamoxifen (Nolvadex®)
Most injectable medication usually contains a follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a hormone to help stimulate follicle production within the ovaries. FSH is used for women who are resistant or unresponsive to oral medication. Injectable options include:
- Follistim® AQ
Women who are considering ovulation induction therapy should schedule a consultation with Dr. Saadat to review your ovulation history in detail to determine the underlying issue and best treatment route.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know which type of induction medication is right for me?
To choose the correct type of medication, Dr. Saadat will take the patient’s ovulation history into consideration. There are other factors he will consider, including your age, weight, hormone levels, and prior response to medications.
What type of induction medication should be used if I am undergoing IVF?
Injectable medication is recommended for women undergoing IVF.
Does a woman’s age affect the type of induction medication that might be recommended for her?
For younger women who have never undergone ovulation induction, Clomid® (or other oral medications) may be their best choice. Stronger or injectable medications would generally be the preferred choice for older women.