Ovulation Induction

What is OI?

Ovulation induction (OI) is the process of inducing ovulation and increasing egg production through a series of fertility medications. In order to achieve this our specialists will then prescribe fertility medications based on your health, which can be self-injected for around two weeks. During that time, our specialists will closely monitor egg production as well as you and your body’s response to the medications.

Once a patient’s ovarian follicles have fully matured, our specialists will prescribe human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which helps the ovarian follicles release their eggs. This usually occurs 36 to 48 hours following the injection. During ovarian stimulation and ovulation induction, we will utilize ultrasound monitoring to determine the optimal time to retrieve the eggs or introduce sperm through IUI.

OI and IVF

To induce ovulation for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and increase the number of mature eggs for retrieval, our specialists will use controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH). This process involves the use of specific fertility medications that are designed to induce ovulation. First, a follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is administered, often in conjunction with luteinizing hormone (LH), to stimulate the development of ovarian follicles. When the follicles begin maturing, we administer hCG to encourage the release of eggs.

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OI and IUI

OI is often used in conjunction with intrauterine insemination (IUI), or artificial insemination. IUI must occur during ovulation to ensure there is a mature egg ready to be fertilized by the sperm sample. OI can help our specialists track egg production. Using ultrasound monitoring, we can determine the best time to introduce sperm through insemination.

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