At Idaho Fertility Center, we are pleased to provide fertility treatments to help couples begin the family of their dreams. One of the ways we help couples increase their chances of conception is through timed intercourse – often referred to as ovulation induction or controlled ovarian hyperstimulation. This is particularly helpful for a woman with ovulation disorders such as PCOS. It is estimated that 25-30% of women who struggle to conceive are due to ovulation disorders.
Oral medication such as Clomid can stimulate ovaries and help induce ovulation in women who do not ovulate regularly. More than one follicle typically grows and matures which increases the chances of fertilization. Ultrasound monitoring is used to view the growing follicles ensuring the medication is working correctly. The size and number of follicles are also watched closely to minimize the risk of multiple pregnancies. When the follicle size indicates the egg(s) are reaching maturity, ovulation predictor kits (opk) may be used to detect hormone surge indicating ovulation or a trigger injection causing ovulation may be given. Intercourse is then recommended 12 and 24 hours following the positive opk or the trigger injection.
In some women, if oral medication is not adequate to stimulate ovaries, medications such as Clomiphene Citrate (Serophene and Clomid) or injectable fertility medications (gonadotropins) may be used.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is often used in combination with Ovulation Induction. In addition to medications used to stimulate ovaries, sperm may be collected, washed and injected directly into the uterus to help increase pregnancy rates.
If you are trying to conceive and are having difficulties, we would like to help. Our experienced team can explain our safe and effective fertility treatments, such as ovulation induction. You can reach our office by calling (208) 529-2019 to speak to a member of our caring staff and to schedule a consultation with one of our Reproductive Endocrinologists in Idaho Falls, Idaho.