Hormone Stimulation

Hormone stimulation can be used if the woman has irregular ovulation. With hormone stimulation we try with medication to influence the woman’s hormone system, so that she regains a normal ovulation.

The hormonal stimulation we use aims to increase the proportion of eggs that are ready to ovulate from 1 in 20 to perhaps 8 to 10 in 20 – (NB. therefore we don't 'use up' more eggs so women undergoing treatment do not go through the menopause earlier). This allows us to collect more ‘rescued’ eggs and therefore we have a higher chance of achieving fertilization and subsequent pregnancy but we need to be cautious to avoid over-stimulation.