Ovulation Induction

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Ovulation induction medications stimulate the follicles in your ovaries to produce multiple eggs. The medications also control when you release the eggs, so sexual intercourse or fertility procedures such as in vitro fertilization can be scheduled at the most optimal time to increase the chances of pregnancy.

The most common ovulation induction medications are:

  • Clomiphene citrate
  • Gonadotropins
  • Metformin
  • Parlodel

Risks Associated with Ovulation Induction

The risks associated with ovulation induction medications include multiple births and ovarian cysts. A rare side effect is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, which involves severe pain in the pelvis, abdomen, and chest, as well as nausea, vomiting, bloating, weight gain, and breathing difficulty.

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