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Ovulatory Dysfunction

Overcoming ovulatory dysfunction can be an important step on the journey to motherhood

When a woman suspects she has ovulatory dysfunction, the doctors at our Indianapolis fertility clinic can help her receive the right diagnosis. Our team can then create a treatment plan that gives her the best chance of conceiving a healthy baby.

Fertility specialists typically find that this condition consists of irregular or a complete lack of ovulation. Common types of ovulation disorders include hyperprolactinemia, hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hypothalamic dysfunction and premature ovarian failure.

How do we diagnose ovulatory dysfunction?

Women with this issue typically have irregular cycles that range from 30 to 90 or more days. They may or may not have discomfort in the middle of their cycle. In addition, some women with this condition experience milky breast discharge and hair growth on the face, chest or back. Women with these symptoms should see a fertility specialist because treatment is available.

To determine whether a woman is experiencing ovulatory dysfunction, the doctors at our Indianapolis fertility clinic will typically order bloodwork to analyze her hormone levels.

What should you know about ovulation induction?

When a woman has ovulatory dysfunction, her doctor will likely recommend medications for ovulation induction. Some of the most common medications include oral drugs like clomiphene citrate and letrozole and injectable gonadotropins. These medications have the best chance of success if a woman has good-quality eggs and no other fertility challenges.

While the woman takes these medications, she will visit our team for monitoring with ultrasounds and blood tests. This monitoring allows us to track the growth of her ovarian follicles and fertility hormones. It also helps us determine when to move forward with the next phase of a woman’s treatment plan.

With these medications and the support of the skilled doctors at our Indianapolis fertility clinic, many women have overcome their ovulation challenges to fulfill their dream of motherhood.

Can ovulation medications cause multiples?

It’s important for women to know that these ovulation induction medications can sometimes cause a pregnancy with multiples. The chance of multiples depends on the type or combination of medication that a woman takes. Thankfully, our doctors can reduce the risk of conceiving multiples with careful monitoring and medication adjustments.

While having an ovulation issue is one of the most common reasons women seek fertility support, it’s also one of the simplest issues to help a woman move past. With the guidance of our expert team, women can take the next step on the path to take home a healthy baby. Contact us for more information about fertility services for ovulation.

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