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Ovulation Induction

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


Fertility Specialists often recommend a treatment using the fertility drug Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid or Serophene) as it has been shown to be very 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.


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


Another treatment option for ovulation disorders 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.


Women should be aware that 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.