WHAT DOES HORMONE STIMULATION MEAN?
By using medication that resembles a woman's hormones, we can stimulate the ovaries to produce more than one egg. In women who seldom produce follicles, these medication hormones can reinforce the women's own.
WHO NEEDS HORMONE STIMULATION?
We use hormone stimulation in women whose hormone test results indicate that their own hormones are not working optimally. We therefore support the woman's own hormones by adding some medically. Hormone stimulation is also usually required in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
If a woman is going to undergo IVF, then we use hormone stimulation to increase the number of eggs that are formed to around 6–8 eggs. This is to get the maximum benefit from the IVF treatment, which is relatively costly and also a major procedure.
HOW CAN I ENSURE THAT OVULATION OCCURS?
We can ensure that ovulation occurs at the right point in time by injecting a hormone that promotes ovulation.
CAN I ADMINISTER THE OVULATION INJECTION MYSELF?
Yes, you can, and this must typically be done late in the evening. Injecting yourself is easy and we will jointly agree a time for you to do this.
IS HORMONE STIMULATION DANGEROUS?
Hormone stimulation is not generally a dangerous process. We use very mild hormone preparations and there are not usually any side effects. You will only need to take the medication for a relatively limited period of time, so it will not have any effect on the body.
PROGESTERONE FOLLOWING IUI?
There are no studies showing that progesterone has a beneficial effect following IUI in a natural cycle.
However, we do recommend the use of progesterone following IUI in a hormone stimulated cycle.
SHOULD I BEGIN TAKING FOLIC ACID EVEN BEFORE I BECOME PREGNANT?
In Denmark, this is recommended. For the best effect it is advisable to start three months prior to pregnancy. It is not dangerous to continue taking folic acid even if it takes some time before pregnancy occurs.
DO I NEED TO TAKE VITAMIN D?
Some studies show that Scandinavians often have lower levels of vitamin D as a result of our long and dark winters. If this is the case for you then we recommend taking supplements but otherwise it is not necessary.