Ovulation Induction

Ovulation induction medications, often referred to as fertility drugs, are used to stimulate the follicles in a woman’s ovaries resulting in the production of multiple eggs in one cycle or in some instances, restore the ovary’s ability to produce a single egg. The medications also control the time that eggs are released, or ovulate, so sexual intercourse, intrauterine inseminations, and in vitro fertilization procedures can be scheduled at the most likely time to achieve pregnancy. There are risks associated with the use of ovulation induction medications including an increase in the chance for high order multiple births and the development of ovarian cysts. The medications most commonly used in fertility treatment are letrozole clomiphene citrate, gonadotropins, and sometimes metformin or Parlodel.