An Introduction to Ovulation Stimulation
Ovulation stimulation is not something that most women give any thought to when dreaming of becoming a mother. Sadly, the reality is that ovulation and the ability to conceive doesn’t always come easily for some women.
Ovulation stimulation is one of the first fertility treatments recommended to women who are having trouble conceiving. For many women, problems getting pregnant stem from an inability to ovulate naturally. How these ovulation inducers work is by helping to ‘jump start’ the ovaries and get a woman ovulating more regularly. Of the medications used to induce ovulation, Clomid is one of the most common. Fertility drugs like this one work to help the woman produce mature follicles so that she can improve her chances of getting pregnant.
What Causes the Need for Ovulation Stimulation?
There are several causes of anovulation or infertility in women. One of the most common causes is PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). This condition can cause a woman a myriad of unwanted symptoms such as hirsute, weight gain and irregular menstrual periods. In many woman, menstruation stops for months or even years at a time. More information on PCOS can be found by visiting the PCOS page under the Fertility Problems heading.
Other Fertility Drugs
Clomid is one of the first fertility drugs recommended to women who are not ovulating regularly or experiencing problems getting pregnant. In most cases other fertility drugs will be prescribed along with Clomid. In the case of women with PCOS, other medications to help control the symptoms of PCOS will usually be prescribed as well—sometimes even before beginning a regime of Clomid or another fertility drug. Medications like Metformin (commonly used for Diabetes) have been showing success in helping women with PCOS to get their weight under control as well as kick start ovulation. The drugs prescribed to you will vary depending on your own specific needs.
The Risks of Ovulation Stimulation
Ovulation stimulation does have its risks, with one of the most worrisome being OHSS (Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome). This can cause serious symptoms such as enlarged ovaries, a build up of fluid in the lungs and severe pain. Most cases require immediate treatment resulting in hospitalisation. Other possible risks include multiple pregnancies, mood swings, and increased risk of ovarian cancer.
This site offers information on various types of fertility drugs and their risk factors. Speaking to your doctor about the options available as well as the possible risks involved with ovulation stimulation and other fertility treatments is crucial in deciding your next step in trying to conceive.