Other treatment options
Whereas ovarian stimulation for IVF and ICSI aims to produce several eggs for collection (in women who are usually ovulating), ovulation induction aims to stimulate just one (or two) in women who are not ovulating normally. The treatment is most often used in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition characterised by multiple ovarian cysts, irregular or absent periods, and high levels of male (androgen) hormones.
The treatment is a course of fertility hormones to stimulate the ovaries and produce a mature follicle, and then timed intercourse to coincide with ovulation. But, because women with PCOS often react very sensitively to fertility drugs, there is a real risk of multiple follicle production and multiple pregnancy. Regular monitoring with ultrasound and hormome measurements is therefore necessary to ensure only one or two follicles are developing.
Cumulative results from several cycles of treatment can be very high. Contact us or speak to your specialist for further information.