Infertility Treatments

Ovulation Induction Perth

The use of medication to cause, regulate or upregulate ovulation to increase the chance of pregnancy.  

What is ovulation induction? 

Ovulation induction is a low-intervention type of fertility treatment that involves the administration of hormonal medication to cause ovulation,  control ovulation or increase the number of eggs produced during ovulation, to increase the likelihood of achieving a pregnancy.  

Why is ovulation induction used? 

If ovulation is not occurring regularly,  it may be necessary to administer hormone medication to stimulate the ovaries. However, before these treatments are used, it is important that thorough investigations are carried out to determine why regular ovulation is not occurring, as OI does not suit all patients and some women may be better suited to more specialised treatment.  

Who is ovulation induction suitable for? 

Ovulation induction may be recommended by your doctor for:  

  • Patients with unexplained infertility
  • Patients with long, irregular or infrequent cycles
  • Patients who do not ovulate spontaneously
  • Couples with normal male investigations


Conversely, ovulation induction treatment is not recommended for: 

  • Patients over 38 years of age
  • Patients with tubal infertility (i.e. blocked or damaged fallopian tubes)
  • Patients with severe endometriosis
  • Couples with suboptimal sperm parameters

What are the risks of ovulation induction? 

When undertaking ovulation induction, there is a slightly increased chance of producing too many follicles, with a very small risk of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).  OHSS symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating and dehydration.  Our stringent monitoring practices will enable us to determine if you are at an increased risk of developing OHSS.  

During an ovulation induction cycle, we will aim to stimulate the growth of only one or two follicles to minimise the risk of OHSS, as well as multiple pregnancy.    

About 10% of patients undergoing ovulation induction experience hot flushes, while other side effects can include nausea, breast tenderness and mild mood swings.  These side effects are less likely to occur when using letrozole than they are with clomiphene or FSH.  

How is ovulation induction performed? 

Ovulation induction is a four-step process:  

How can we help you? 

If you would like more information on ovulation induction at Fertility North,  or if you would like to start ovulation induction treatment with our specialist team,  please contact our friendly administration team.  

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