Ovulation Induction (OI)
Three types of fertility drugs are commonly used in OI Induction (OI)
Clomiphene Citrate: often called Clomid. This medication is an anti-oestrogen and works by stimulating your body into releasing more Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). As with Letrozole these higher levels of FSH stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs. Clomid tends to stimulate more than one egg to grow and is commonly used in women with unexplained infertility. Both can be combined with intrauterine insemination (IUI).
Gonadotropin: such as Menopur, Gonal F & Follistim. These are injection medications you give yourself (usually daily) to stimulate the development of a single mature follicle. Again, the mature egg is ovulated or the ovulation can be stimulated by hCG.
After meeting with Dr. Davis, you can discuss which of these two types of drug is appropriate for your treatment.
Ultrasound scans and blood tests are performed to ensure that OI is both safe and effective. Once a mature follicle has been produced you will be advised when the best time for intercourse is in order to help achieve a pregnancy. Typically, couples need more than one month of OI in order to become pregnant.