Fertility drugs can be used to stimulate, regulate, and correct ovulatory problems. These medications are used during a treatment cycle, which includes ovulation, induction, cycle monitoring, triggering ovulation, and determination of pregnancy with a blood test. The two types of cycles are in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI).
Around 25% of infertile women have ovulation difficulties. These problems include the ability to produce a fully mature egg or failure to release the egg (ovulate). Fertility drugs can be used to temporarily correct these problems and increase the chance of getting pregnant. Ovulation induction can be used for:
- Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Women with inadequate production of luteinizing hormone and/or follicle stimulating hormone.
- Women with obesity, thyroid disorders, or eating disorders.