You Are Not Alone!
Every 1 in 8 Indian couple of reproductive age experiences infertility. If you’re younger than 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for a year, or over age 35, and have been trying for six months without success, we can help.
When a woman has irregular periods or no periods at all, it indicates that she is not ovulating in a regular, reliable manner. Lack of ovulation means that an egg is not released for that month as it should, which is one of the leading causes of infertility. Ovulation disorders can be treated with ovulation induction, which involves taking medications to stimulate a single egg to grow and release at the right time of the month.
When a woman has regular monthly periods, this is a good indication that she has normal ovulation and is releasing a single egg each month. For couples with unexplained infertility, or for women of advancing age, we may recommend super ovulation as the treatment of choice. Super ovulation is a method in which our goal is to allow for multiple mature eggs to release per month in order to increase your chance of pregnancy.
Your doctor will determine your plan of care based on your infertility diagnosis, and create a treatment plan with one or a combination of the following Medicines. You can take oral medications, injectable medications, or a combination of oral and inject able medications, which we call a ‘sequential cycle.
The main oral medications which are used to stimulate growth of one or more mature eggs are letrozole (Femara) and clomiphene citrate (Clomid).Your physician may also recommend additional co-treatments to improve your response to the above medications.
Inject able medications include FSH (Follistim, Gonal-F) and hMG (Menopur). These medications are made of similar hormones that occur naturally in humans, which are released by the brain to signal the ovaries to grow and release an egg each month. We arrange for you to meet with a nurse to learn just how easy it is to give these injections to yourself, typically on the abdomen just beneath the surface of the skin (much like a diabetic would give themselves an insulin injection). By administering these medications, we can replicate the pattern of egg growth that should occur in a woman each month, and even get more than one egg to grow for the month.