If you have irregular or
no ovulation, using medicine or hormones to stimulate ovulation will increase
your chances of pregnancy. But these treatments increase your risk of multiple
pregnancy. And that poses health risks to both you and your fetuses. When
thinking about a fertility treatment:
Ask your doctor about your risk for having
a multiple pregnancy. Find out how to lower the chance of conceiving more than one
In very rare
cases, male fertility problems are caused by hormonal imbalances. Men are then
treated with medicine or hormones that help the hypothalamus and
pituitary gland start normal sperm production.
Ask your doctor questions about medicines you are considering. For example, are there
long-term effects? How long will the treatment last? How often you must be tested
while taking the medicine? Are there any side effects that will affect your
Aromatase inhibitors are sometimes used to stimulate ovulation.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2013
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