One in six couples will have a fertility issue at some point in their lives and one in 10 couples will have trouble conceiving their second child. You are not alone.
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Ovulation induction (OI) with controlled ovarian stimulation is a lighter form of treatment we might recommend for women who have normal tubes, and whose partners have a normal semen analysis, but who rarely or never ovulate.
For women who do ovulate regularly, stimulation can also be used to increase the chance of pregnancy by increasing the number of follicles that develop fully and, therefore, increasing the number of eggs that are ovulated during a cycle.
Two types of hormones may be used to stimulate ovulation: tablets of clomiphene citrate (Clomid® or Serophene®) and injections of follicle stimulating hormone, or FSH (Gonal-F® or Puregon®).
Clomiphene (Clomid® or Serophene®) is often the first choice for stimulating ovulation because of its low cost and ease of use.
A synthetic hormone, clomiphene acts as an anti-oestrogen, tricking the brain into producing higher levels of FSH than in an untreated cycle. That in turn stimulates ovarian follicular development. A course of tablets is given for five days - usually days three to seven of the cycle.
Side effects can include thickening of the cervical mucus, vaginal dryness and hot flushes, while some women also complain of mood changes and irritability. Uncommonly there can be abdominal bloating, breast discomfort, nausea, a skin rash or dizziness. These symptoms usually pass after the five days of tablets finish.
Because it is an anti-oestrogen, clomiphene can have a negative effect on cervical mucus and on the lining of the uterus, impairing conception and implantation.
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