Ovulation induction at Texas Fertility Center New Braunfels
Ovulation induction is the term given to the fertility medication process that may be prescribed when problems with ovulation are the cause of infertility. Ovulatory infertility problems include failure to ovulate or to produce fully mature eggs. These ovulation issues—also referred to as “anovulatory infertility”—occur in about 25 percent of infertile women.
The most commonly used fertility medications used in inducing ovulation are clomiphene citrate (Clomid, Seraphene) and letrozole (Femara). These are used with women who have irregular and/or very long menstrual cycles. Letrozole is now considered the best first-step treatment for the majority of women with anovulatory infertility.
Gonadotropins (Follistim, Gonal-F, Menopur) are another common type of fertility medication. Human chorionic gonadotropin (Ovidrel) is an injectable medication that induces the release of the egg once it is mature.
Risks of fertility medications used with ovulation induction
The fertility medications used to induce ovulation can increase the risk of multiple births. A rare side effect called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome can also occur. The symptoms are severe pelvic, abdominal and chest pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating and difficulty breathing.
At Texas Fertility Center of New Braunfels, Dr. Susan Hudson specializes in fertility treatments for women with ovulatory issues. Dr. Hudson treats patients from San Antonio, New Braunfels, and throughout South Central Texas.
Contact Texas Fertility Center of New Braunfels today to find out more.