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Ovulation Induction

Ovulation Induction is a simple process which encourages your ovaries to release eggs, so you maximise your chance of conception through intercourse or artificial insemination (IUI). It suits women who are producing low levels of hormones for ovulation, or who are not ovulating at all.  You’ll take medication (as tablets or through injections) to stimulate your hormones.

How does Ovulation Induction work?

First, we’ll confirm your ovulation cycle by:

  • Taking blood samples to measure hormone levels at specific stages of your cycle,
  • Carrying out a transvaginal ultrasound to see the development of follicles in the ovaries, and the thickness and appearance of the lining of the womb.

The Ovulation Induction cycle

Day 1: (of your menstrual cycle) Call the clinic to arrange an appointment for a blood test.

Day 4: Start taking medication.

Day 10 or 11: Visit the clinic for a blood test to determine your hormone level.

Day 14: (approximate) Attend the clinic for an ultrasound test.  This will determine if you are about to ovulate.

For women who don't have a normal menstrual cycle, it may take some time to ovulate. In fact, it is not unusual for ovulation to occur much later in their cycle (after Day 14). You would then need to continue attending the clinic for blood tests until this point.

What medication is used for Ovulation Induction?

Clomiphene citrate (sold as Clomid® or Serophene®) can be taken as part of IUI treatment for unexplained infertility to increase the likelihood of a pregnancy.

An injection of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) will further boost your chances of success.

What’s next?

To find out more about how to regulate your cycle or the simple treatment of ovulation induction and the costs involved please call 1800 111 483 or email us

Ovulation Induction

Dr Graeme Hughes discusses various treatment options for ovulation induction.

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