Within a natural menstrual cycle, a number of ovarian follicles begin to develop. The coordinated actions of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) usually give rise to the production of only one mature egg each cycle.

A number of different medications can be used to stimulate the growth and development of including clomiphene citrate or injectable gonadotropins (FSH/LH/HMG (which contains both FSH and LH)). Increasing the number of eggs available (ideally 2-4 eggs) often increases the chance of achieving pregnancy.

When women are given these medications, it is important to monitor their response in terms of follicle development and hormone production. At RCC, a combination of ultrasounds and hormonal blood work is performed (at 2 locations) and this monitoring is available seven days a week. Such frequent monitoring allows your physician to provide specific counseling on a daily basis and to make adjustments in the dosage of your medication as needed.