Ovulation Induction

During the course of your treatment you may well be prescribed drugs to improve the number of eggs you produce in each cycle. Tablets or injections may be prescribed. Careful monitoring of your cycle minimises the risk of multiple pregnancy and other side effects.  If you attend any doctor or hospital during the course of your treatment it is important that you inform them of the drugs you are receiving.  It is also important that you inform us before the start of your treatment whether you are currently taking any other type of drugs or medication.

Tablets used for ovulation stimulation include:-

  • Clomifene (Clomid)
  • Tamoxifen

Side effects occur infrequently with these drugs but may include nausea, bloating, and headaches. Eye pain is a rare side effect. Should this occur treatment should stop and you should contact the clinic. Ovarian cysts may develop due to the eggs not being released from the ovaries.  These cysts usually disappear spontaneously over the next menstrual cycle.

These drugs produce very few side effects. Mild bruising at the injection site may occur and is unavoidable.

In less than 3% of cases, women may exhibit an exaggerated response and develop a condition known as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).  This occurs when a large number of eggs (typically more than 20) are produced in one cycle.  This can result in fluid leaking from your blood vessels into your abdominal cavity and in severe cases into your lungs.  This is accompanied by a feeling of ill health and abdominal swelling.  This is a potentially life-threatening disorder, but the chances of it occurring are extremely small.  The condition is more likely to develop in a cycle where a pregnancy occurs.  We will try to ensure that if you start to develop OHSS this will be detected at the earliest possible time and that you are monitored and treated accordingly.  If you feel unwell during or following treatment you should contact the clinic immediately.

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