Ovulation Induction

Ovulation induction (OI) refers to the use of medications to stimulate the ovaries, which should cause egg maturation, and induce ovulation. The types and dosages of these medications are determined by your Pelex provider based on your medical history and treatment plan.

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Who is this for?

Ovulation induction is most commonly indicated for women with oligo-ovulation (abnormal ovulation) or anovulation (absent ovulation) who have had difficulties conceiving or maintaining a pregnancy. It can be used in conjunction with timed intercourse, intrauterine insemination (IUI), or in vitro fertilization (IVF).

What to expect

1. Medications and Baseline Monitoring

  • On the first few days of your menstrual cycle, you will go to your clinic for a baseline ultrasound scan and blood work.
  • If everything is within normal limits, you will begin taking medications daily.
  • These medications may be in the form of pills or injections, depending on your specific treatment plan.

2. Cycle Monitoring

  • After a few days, you will return to your IVF clinic for another ultrasound to see how you are responding to the medications. You may also have blood drawn to check your hormone levels.
  • This may be repeated multiple times prior to ovulation.

3. Ovulation Trigger

  • In some cases, a medication may also be administered to trigger ovulation to occur. This will be determined by your doctor.
  • If you are planning to undergo IVF, your egg retrieval will be scheduled 35-36 hours after you administer your trigger medication.

4. Post-Ovulation

  • Once it has been confirmed that ovulation has occurred, your doctor will determine when to plan timed intercourse or an intrauterine insemination.