Ovulation Induction (OI) uses medication to encourage your eggs to form and develop, and is often the first course of action in tackling female fertility issues. OI significantly increases your chance of conception through intercourse or Artificial Insemination (IUI).
OI can be beneficial if you’re producing low levels of hormones for ovulation, or if you’re not ovulating at all (for example, if you have PCOS this may be a possible treatment option).
How does Ovulation Induction work?
Ovulation Induction involves a fertility specialist prescribing a course of medication (as tablets or injections) to stimulate a woman’s hormones in order to encourage natural ovulation. OI is often combined with Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) treatment to improve your chance of pregnancy.
Ovulation Induction Process
What are the three main stages of the Ovulation Induction process?
1. Ovulation stimulation
Medication – either Clomiphene Citrate or injections of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) – is used to promote the growth and development of follicles (fluid-filled sacs that contain eggs) within the ovary.
2. Hormone level tracking
Hormone levels are tracked through blood tests at specific stages of your cycle, and the development of follicles is checked via a transvaginal ultrasound scan.
Through blood tests and an ultrasound scan, a Fertility Specialist can determine the approximate date of ovulation. The Specialist can then advise the best time to have intercourse, or to perform IUI. Note: Your Fertility Specialist may only use the first step (with or without steps 2 and 3).
How much does Ovulation Induction cost?
Ovulation Induction is a low cost fertility treatment option. For an idea of our up-to-date costs, please call us on 1800 111 483 or send us an email.
Fertility drug information
If your Specialist has recommended that you undergo Ovulation Induction, you may find the following Fertility Drug Information Booklets very helpful. You will also find some helpful videos on how to self-administer your fertility drugs. Note: You will need your batch number to access this information.
Download our Ovulation Induction (OI) booklet
To find out more about OI, or to book an appointment with a Queensland Fertility Group Fertility Specialist, call 1800 111 483 to speak with an experienced fertility consultant.