Understanding medications for ovulation induction
Ovulation is a critical component of conception, but sometimes the natural process needs a little help from medications for ovulation induction. The team at our Dallas fertility center uses medications such as Clomid and Femara to help women ovulate, which is the first step on the path to pregnancy.
Reasons women may need medications for ovulation induction
Women who are struggling to conceive come to our Dallas fertility center looking for answers. One of the most common causes of female infertility is irregular or absent ovulation. A number of medical reasons can cause this problem, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
It can be discouraging to be diagnosed with an ovulatory problem, but our Dallas fertility doctors can treat this issue using medications for ovulation induction. Two of the most common medications are oral drugs called Clomid and Femara.
- Clomid, or clomiphene citrate, is usually a first-line medication for women who have difficulty ovulating. This medication can help a woman develop a follicle and ovulate a mature egg. Clomid therapy can be combined with either timed intercourse or intrauterine insemination (IUI). This medication is generally well-tolerated, but its side effects may include hot flashes, nausea, pregnancy with twins (10%) and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) in rare cases. However, our physicians perform ultrasounds to monitor patients to reduce the risk of
- Femara, or letrozole, is another oral medication that may be used if a woman did not find success with Clomid. It is also designed to promote follicular development and ovulation, and it can be used in conjunction with timed intercourse or IUI. Femara has comparable pregnancy rates to Clomid and fewer side effects, but it is more
Each patient is different, so our Dallas fertility doctors take a comprehensive medical history and perform diagnostic testing to determine why a woman is struggling to ovulate. Using this information, our physicians can determine which medication is most likely to help a woman ovulate and find pregnancy success.
Contact our Dallas fertility center to learn more about ovulation induction
The board certified reproductive endocrinologists at our Dallas fertility center will work with you to accurately diagnose the cause of your infertility and then develop an individualized treatment plan that may include medications for ovulation induction.
Contact us to schedule an appointment at our Dallas fertility center and learn whether ovulation induction can help you bring home a healthy baby.