Ovulation Induction at Fertility Institute of Texas
Ovulation induction is the term given to the fertility medication process that may be prescribed when problems with ovulation are the cause of infertility. Ovulatory infertility problems include failure to ovulate or to produce fully mature eggs. These ovulation issues—also referred to as “anovulatory infertility”—occur in about 25 percent of infertile women.
Common fertility medications
The most commonly used fertility medications used in ovulation induction are clomiphene citrate (Clomid, Seraphene) and letrozole (Femara). These are used with women who have irregular and/or very long menstrual cycles. Letrozole is now considered the best first-step treatment for the majority of women with anovulatory infertility.
Gonadotropins (Follistim, Gonal-F, Menopur) are another common type of fertility medication. Human chorionic gonadotropin (Ovidrel) is an injectable medication that induces the release of the egg once it is mature.
Risks of fertility medications used with ovulation induction
The fertility medications used in ovulation induction can increase the risk of multiple births. A rare side effect called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome can also occur. The symptoms are severe pelvic, abdominal and chest pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating and difficulty breathing.
At Fertility Institute of Texas, Dr. Susan Hudson specializes in fertility treatments for women who wish to undergo ovulation induction. Dr. Hudson treats patients from San Antonio, New Braunfels, and throughout South Central Texas.
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