Causes of Infertility Part 2 of 8

1 April 2013

Continuing with female infertility:

Ovulation problems:

During normal ovulation a ripe egg (ovum) is released from the ovary. The egg is released when the cavity surrounding it (the follicle) breaks open in response to a hormonal signal. Ovulation occurs around 14 or 15 days from the first day of the womans last menstrual cycle. When ovulation occurs, the ovum moves into the fallopian tube and becomes available for fertilization ( When there are ovulation problems there is “something” that prevents the release of a mature egg.

Possible symptoms - Absent or infrequent periods and excessively heavy or light bleeding. Abnormally shortened or long cycle.

Possible solutions - Ovulation-stimulating drugs eg. Clomid, follicle-stimulating hormones, human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) and In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) using these drugs.

Coastal IVF Success rates – 80% of patients respond favorably on the ovulation induction program – 20% may later require IVF to achieve a pregnancy. Overall approx. 70% of patients on the IVF program will conceive.