Ovulation Induction

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Ovulation Induction: Using medications to induce ovulation, with a goal to produce a single egg to restore a woman's chance for pregnancy. 

Failure to ovulate (release) an egg regularly is a common cause of infertility in women. The inability to do so is called anovulation. The most common cause of infrequent ovulation (oligo-ovulation) or no ovulation (anovulation) is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

In many of these cases, particularly with younger women whose partners are not infertile, use of medication often referred to as "fertility drugs" are used to induce ovulation. The process of using medications to induce ovulation is called ovulation induction. The goal of ovulation induction is to produce a single egg to restore as woman’s chance for pregnancy.

To learn more about ovulation induction, visit reproductivefacts.org or call the UofL Physicians - Fertility Center at 502-588-4400.