Ovulation Disorders: Restore Order at IVF Plano

by | January 22nd, 2013

When you are TTC, and another month goes by without getting pregnant, you might wish for a magic pill to fix the problem. While not magic, if you do not regularly ovulate, such a pill does exist—a fertility medication called Clomiphene citrate. Dr. Jim Douglas reassures women diagnosed with ovulation disorders that the fertility drug under the brand name Clomid or Serophene successfully triggers ovulation in more than 80 percent of women that take it.

Dr. Douglas will interview you, order blood work and monitor your cycle with ultrasound to determine if ovulation dysfunction is preventing you from having a baby. Some underlying causes of ovulation dysfunction will require more than oral medication.

4 Fertility Busters Leading to Ovulation Dysfunction

  1. Diminished Ovarian Reserve affects women as they approach 40. As you age, your body has fewer eggs to ovulate. Advanced maternal age will sometimes lead Dr. Douglas to recommend supplementing ovulation induction with in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
  2. Premature Ovarian Failure is a perplexing condition that occurs when women under 40 stop ovulating for no known reason. If this occurs, Dr. Douglas will discuss IVF or donor egg options with you.
  3. A Luteal Phase Defect happens in the second half of your monthly cycle. After ovulation, the uterus ideally welcomes and nurtures an embryo after fertilization. If you do not produce enough progesterone, or your uterine lining is too thin, even successful ovulation won’t lead to success in pregnancy without a proactive fertility treatment plan.
  4. Polycystic Ovarian Failure (PCOS) is diagnosed nearly every day in the IVF Plano fertility clinic. Dr. Douglas’ patients Don and Kim tell their story of overcoming PCOS to become pregnant.

If you have an ovulation disorder, a fertility specialist like Dr. Douglas can pinpoint the cause and prescribe a treatment plan. The oral medication Clomid–or injectable fertility medications as a second line of defense–may be the only fertility treatment that you need.  Contact the IVF Plano fertility clinic to schedule a consultation, or watch this video about ovulation dysfunction on our website

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