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Ovarian Stimulation

Ovarian stimulation uses medications to stimulate development of multiple mature follicles and eggs in order to increase pregnancy rates with various infertility treatments.

This therapy is commonly used as infertility treatment for infertile couples. It is usually done in conjunction with intrauterine insemination, which increases success rates.

This treatment does not really correct any specific cause of infertility. Instead it is a "shotgun" approach to get multiple eggs and sperm together at the time of ovulation. This type of treatment has been shown to increase the monthly chances for a pregnancy as compared to timed intercourse alone in patients with unexplained infertility.


  • The ovarian stimulating drug (Clomid or Femara or injectable FSH) is given early in the menstrual cycle in the same manner as described for induction of ovulation.
  • Injectable FSH drugs (gonadotropins) are given as intramuscular shots
  • Injectable FSH brand names in the U.S. are Follistim, Gonal-F, Bravelle, Menopur, Repronex
  • Clomid or Femara (letrozole) pills are taken orally for 5 days (usually starting on day 5)

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