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An estimated 25% of all women who experience infertility have problems with ovulation. If this is confirmed on tests, then we will determine the cause of absent or irregular ovulation. Polycystic ovary syndrome is the commonest cause and the first line of treatment will be a tablet called Clomiphene citrate. It has been available since 1960’s and is effective in inducing ovulation in 80% of women, half of whom will conceive. Monitoring response with ultrasound scan will be helpful in confirming response.

Birmingham Fertility CentreOther medications that may be discussed will be to treat conditions such as raised Prolactin, low thyroid hormones. Occasionally other drugs such as Metformin or Letrozole will be discussed as second line or concomitant medication. In other cases, hormone therapy may be recommended if first line medication fails or for specific anovulatory conditions.

Important Safety Information
As with all prescription medications, side effects may occasionally occur with use of fertility drugs. Patients prescribed Hormones should be monitored carefully by a trained fertility specialist. Risks include the following events which can be serious: hypersensitivity reactions; ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS); multiple births.