The stimulation of ovulation is recommended if, for example, there are unexplained ovulation disorders or infertility. Its aim is to stimulate the production and maturation of eggs.
The doctor prescribes hormones in the form of injections (gonadotropins).
During these treatments, regular ultrasound check-ups allow the development of follicles (which each contain an egg) to be monitored to reduce the risk of multiple pregnancy (twins) and to allow ovulation to be induced at a suitable time. For heterosexual couples, if the partner's sperm is of good quality, the couple will have sex after ovulation has been induced.
In some situations, the couples will be offered intra-uterine insemination.