Ovulation Induction (OI)
Ovulation induction refers to the administration of medications to stimulate ovulation. Many medications are utilized for ovulation induction. They include Clomid (an enti-estrogen), Letrozole (an aromatase inhibitor) to FSH (Gonal - F, Follistim, Menopur, Bravelle and Repronex). FSH is used in IVF cycles when many eggs are required for assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures. The most commonly used gonadotropins at the Jones Institute are produced from recombinant DNA technology and are identical to the hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. Highly-purified urinary-derived preparations are also used (Menopur, Bravelle). Patients are carefully monitored with meansurements of serum estrdiols and ultrasounds to limit the number of developed follicles and to minimize the risk of multiple gestations.