Ovulation induction

Fertility treatment to stimulate follicle (egg) development

Introduction of fertility medication to promote ovulation

What is Ovulation Induction?

If ovulation is not occurring, then fertility drugs may be administered after the onset of menstruation to help to stimulate normal follicle development.

The simplest treatment is with fertility tablets (Clomiphene or Letrozole), which are both given for five days starting within the first few days of the period. The response to these fertility drugs is then monitored by ultrasound scans and a blood test to confirm ovulation. If this proves effective you may be able to continue these tablets without further monitoring for 6 months.

Fertility tablets are not always effective and more powerful fertility injections may be necessary to stimulate follicle development in the ovaries. With these more potent fertility drugs there is a greater risk of excessive follicle growth and, therefore, the chances of a multiple pregnancy are greater.

At The Lister Fertility Clinic women receiving fertility injections are always monitored by ultrasound scans and blood tests.

Why monitor your menstrual cycle?

If a woman has an irregular menstrual cycle or ovulation isn't happening, monitoring her cycle with ultrasound scans and hormone assessments may help to identify the fertile time of the month and so improve the chances of a natural conception.

Our fertility consultants

We're proud to work with leading fertility experts across a range of medical fields, including gynaecology and urology. 

Our team of consultants is supported by embryologists, sonographers and counsellors, as well as experienced fertility trained nurse practitioners.

Paying for medical treatment

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Our locations

From complex fertility treatment and surgery to diagnostic tests and scans, we provide access to exceptional fertility and reproductive care across our network of fertility clinics.

Contact us about having fertility treatment

Our helpline advisors can assist with enquiries and help book an appointment with a fertility specialist. Alternatively you can submit a request for an appointment at one of our fertility clinics.


Request an appointment at Lister Fertility Clinic, Chelsea

Request an appointment at Lister Fertility Clinic, The Portland Hospital

Enquiries & Appointments

020 7881 2000
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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