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How can inducing ovulation increase the chance of pregnancy?

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2023 | Assisted Reproduction

Not every couple finds it easy to conceive naturally. One situation where a couple may struggle is when the woman has an irregular ovulation cycle.

If this is the case, or if doctors are unsure why the couple is experiencing difficulties, they may suggest inducing ovulation. How does this work, and how can it help?

There are two ways of inducing ovulation

The first is via oral medication, and the second is via injectable medication. Doctors tend to try the oral pills first, and if that does not succeed, they may suggest you go the injectable route.

Both methods require you to take the medication on specific days of your menstrual cycle. The medical team will then monitor your ovaries via ultrasound and blood tests to check for developments. Or, if you prefer, you can use an ovulation kit to do the monitoring yourself in the comfort of your home and save yourself some money in the process.

If monitoring shows good development, you might also opt for an injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) at the appropriate moment to help trigger ovulation, especially if you already made several unsuccessful attempts without it.

Inducing ovulation can also help reduce anxiety

One of the hardest things to deal with when trying to get pregnant is the anxiety of trying to time it right. Then, if you did not time it quite right, you have to deal with the disappointment of finding out you are not pregnant. 

Inducing ovulation can make for a much more positive experience. It allows you to be sure you are timing things optimally, giving you the best chance of having the baby you desire.