About 25-30% of infertility cases are due to ovulation problems, but ovulation induction can increase your chances of getting pregnant. Board-certified OB/GYN Kingsley Asumugha, MD, FACOG, performs ovulation induction at A'fina Houston OB/GYN in Webster, Texas. Call the office or request an appointment online today to find out if you’re a good candidate for ovulation induction.
Ovulation induction involves using medications to stimulate the release of eggs from your ovaries. This treatment for infertility helps women who ovulate irregularly or not at all.
Normal ovulation occurs about once every 28 days but may range from 21 to 35 days. Ovulation that happens less than once every 35 days, or occurs unpredictably, is considered oligoovulation. If ovulation doesn’t happen at all, it’s called anovulation.
The purpose of ovulation induction is to increase your likelihood of conceiving, either through sexual intercourse or by using a fertility treatment like intrauterine insemination (IUI). Dr. Asumugha performs IUI at A'fina Houston OB/GYN.
A variety of oral and injectable hormone-based medications can stimulate ovulation. Oral drugs, such as clomiphene citrate and aromatase inhibitors, are usually the first line of treatment.
If treatment with oral drugs isn’t successful, Dr. Asumugha may recommend a series of injections with gonadotropins, which are hormones that trigger ovulation.
Sometimes, the ovulation problem is due to an underlying condition, such as a thyroid disorder or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Treating these conditions may stimulate ovulation naturally.
Before you decide to undergo ovulation induction, Dr. Asumugha carefully explains the risks and benefits of each treatment. He provides you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your reproductive health.
Risks of ovulation induction include:
Both oral medications and gonadotropins can cause multiple eggs to release at the same time, which means that more than one egg can be fertilized. This increases your chance of having a high-risk pregnancy with twins or higher-order multiples.
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) occurs when your ovaries become overstimulated and swollen. The risk of OHSS is especially high with gonadotropin treatment. OHSS can cause a range of symptoms, including nausea, headaches, and bloating.
You may be a good candidate for ovulation induction if you experience infertility, which means you aren’t able to get pregnant after one year of trying. If you’re 35 or older, you may be able to get treatment after trying to conceive for six months.
The best way to find out if ovulation induction is right for you is to schedule an appointment at A'fina Houston OB/GYN — call or request an appointment online today.