Ovulation Induction (OI)
Ovulation Induction (OI) is a simple process that encourages your ovaries to release eggs. Monitoring your ovaries response together with either timed intercourse or assisted insemination can increase your chances of conception.
Ovulation induction is ideal if you have irregular ovulation, or are not ovulating at all. You simply take oral medication to stimulate ovulation. If required, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) injections can further boost your chances of success.
How does Ovulation Induction work?
First, we’ll confirm your ovulation cycle by taking blood samples to measure hormone levels at key points. Then we carry out a trans-vaginal ultrasound, to assess the development of follicles in your ovaries, and the thickness and appearance of the lining of the womb.
Based on this information, we arrange with you to begin the Ovulation Induction cycle:
Day 1: Call the clinic and let us know your period has started.
Day 2: Start taking medication to stimulate your ovaries, as instructed by your doctor.
Day 10: We will arrange for you to either attend the TasIVF clinic or another imaging centre for an ultrasound scan to see if you are about to ovulate.
If you don't have a ‘normal’ menstrual cycle, it may take some time to ovulate. In fact, it is not unusual for ovulation to occur much later in the cycle than day 14. In these cases, you’ll continue to have scans until we are certain you are going to ovulate so your personal cycle is tracked and you have the information to time intercourse. We will then confirm with a blood test that you have definitely ovulated.