What is ovulation?

Each month, your body has a menstrual cycle where an egg is released from the ovaries. Ovulation is when the egg is released. Ovulation occurs (on average) 14 days before the start of your period. It’s normal for women to ovulate (release the egg from the ovaries) anywhere from 12-18 days before their period starts.

What is ovulation induction?

The stimulation of the ovary by fertility medication is desired and aims at increasing the number of eggs per cycle thereby increasing the chances of pregnancy.

Ovulation induction allows an egg to mature and be released by the ovary. Then follicular monitoring with blood tests and ultrasound, to confirm the best time to conceive.

Once the optimum size of follicles is achieved, medication (Inj hCG) is advised to trigger the release after maturation of egg (ovulation) from the ovarian follicle. This is the fertile period that is to be consumed naturally by timed intercourse or treatments are performed in this fertile period.

Ovulation induction medication

The medication used to induce ovulation:

  • Tablets (oral medication) – Clomiphene, Letrozole,Tamoxifen, or
  • Daily injections of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH).

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