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Ovulation Induction & Follicular Monitoring - What Are The Steps Involved?

Dr. Nidhi Sharma 92% (64 ratings)
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, M.S Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gynaecologist, Chandigarh
Ovulation Induction & Follicular Monitoring - What Are The Steps Involved?

Irregular ovulation or anovulation (a condition where a woman does not ovulate at all) can be quite agonizing, triggering a host of health problems, including difficulty in conceiving. The irregular ovulation could be an amalgamation of many factors including obesity, thyroid disorders, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, uncontrolled intake of caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, to name a few. With the advancement of medical science, the problem is no longer a big deal. In this article, we will discuss the role of ovulation induction and follicular monitoring in dealing with irregular ovulation cycles and the related complications.

What is Ovulation Induction?

Ovulation induction comes as a blessing for women who don't ovulate regularly (there is a deviation from the usual pattern of ovulation that takes place before every menstrual cycle). The procedure aims at regularizing the ovulation process. The medications (often hormones are used in the treatment) play a pivotal role in stimulating the follicular development of the ovaries so that healthy eggs are produced, developed, matured and finally released during ovulation. The procedure also benefits women get their menstrual cycles sans the ovulation (Anovulatory Menstrual Cycles). The problem mainly surfaces due to a drop in the progesterone level (a hormone responsible for the uterine lining thickening).

Steps involved

  1. The ovulation induction is an important process that requires a thorough examination and evaluation of the patient to understand their ovulation process, hormonal balance (or imbalance) and all the factors that could be a possible trigger resulting in the ovulation problem.
  2. In the next step, the physician carries out the stimulation of the ovulation process. For this purpose, selected hormones are given to the affected individual either orally or in the form of injections.
  3. The hormones work towards restoring the balance along with follicular development. This stimulation contributes significantly towards maturing an egg and ensuring its release for ovulation to take place.
  4. Through a series of regular pelvic ultrasounds, doctors are able to carefully monitor the development of the follicles along with how well the lining of the uterus thickens, following the ovulation induction.
  5. For those planning to conceive, ovulation induction, with proper monitoring, goes a long way to ensure at least one healthy egg will be available for the fertilization to take place.

Some women can also opt for Intrauterine Insemination, a pathbreaking procedure whereby, the sperm (collected and stored earlier) is injected into the vagina to facilitate the fertilization process.

Downside of the Ovulation Induction
The ovulation induction requires precision and accuracy and should be performed by experienced professionals who know their skill well.

  1. Even a small mistake in the ovulation induction can trigger many complications including Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. The condition can swell up the ovaries with abdominal pain, vomiting, breathing problems (shortness of breath), sudden and rapid weight gain. The ovaries also appear tender with some pain.
  2. Ovulation induction increases the risk of gestational diabetes, hypertension, nausea, to name a few.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

Hello, I want to test that hormones, testosterone are working fine and vitamin also. I am an active person need to know about my hormones. So can anyone can tell me what are the main tests we should do? Thanks and I am athletic person. Please revert back and do I need doctor prescription?

Dr. Vp Trivedi 89% (459 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
Hello, I want to test that hormones, testosterone are working fine and vitamin also. I am an active person need to kn...
Please go to a reputed pathological/ endocrinology laboratory of your locality and tell him to perform those tests which you want to get carried out. They will do these tests. You may see your value and compare them. With the normal values which are normally reported as a range for every test. That's all.
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Excess Facial Hair - This Is What Happens When You Suffer From Hormonal Imbalances!

Dr. Anurag Bajpai 86% (11 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Paediatrics, FRACP - Pediatrc Endocrinology, SCE, Endocrinology
Endocrinologist, Kanpur
Excess Facial Hair - This Is What Happens When You Suffer From Hormonal Imbalances!

Every woman likes to look into the mirror and find not an extra strand of hair on her face, be it the upper lip or near the ears. While it is not uncommon for women to have hair on these and other areas, most women resort to multiple ways to get rid of this. The pattern of this unnecessary hair growth is very similar to the pattern seen in males normally.

This condition of excessive hair growth is known as hirsutism and can be caused by multiple causes, as listed below.

  1. Genetic or racial: While the European women have a more clean face that is free of hair, the Mediterranean and Indian women are highly likely to have more facial hair growth. There is also a strong family history relation, and it is hereditary.
  2. Androgens (testosterone): This is a male hormone, essential for the development of male sexual characters. Though it is present in very minute amounts in all women, in some, there could be higher than these minimal levels, leading to minor masculine characters, facial hair being one of them.
  3. Hormonal imbalances: There are multiple hormonal issues which can manifest as increased facial hair growth. The two most common ones include polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and adrenal conditions including tumours, Cushing's syndrome, and hyperplasia. In all these cases, there is increased amount of androgens, leading to excessive facial hair.
  4. Medication side effect: Some medications like testosterone, cyclosporine, anabolic steroids, and Minoxidil also lead to increased amounts of facial hair in women. Some other medications used to treat migraines, seizures, schizophrenia, and hypertension can also cause hirsutism. This is indirectly due to increased levels of male hormones in the system, producing these effects.
  5. Birth control pills: These also affect the hormone levels and lead to increased facial hair.
  6. Obesity: Most women with facial hair are also on the heavier side, and most people have a reduction in hair once weight is managed.

Treatment: The underlying cause should be treated for controlling hair growth. If there is an inducing medication, an alternative should be looked at. While hormone levels can be altered, in most cases, not much can be done. These need to be dealt with using one of the following methods - depilatory creams, waxing, plucking, shaving, laser reduction, electrolysis, and weight loss.

When reading through the above, it is obvious that a lot of causes for hirsutism point towards hormones. This also helps identify hormonal abnormalities in the earlier stages. This helps to identify hormonal disorders in their earlier stages, which are managed with lesser complications. The next time you feel there is more hair on your chin or cheeks, get your hormone levels checked. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!​

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Have remarkable difference in my breast size and difference increasing with age please help me there is no any tumour.

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 97% (25971 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
If there are no tumour you need not worry and you may have a large breast which is appreciable by many . But if you want to reduce it you can do a reduction mammoplasty
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I had a period in May. After that the period came in August 2 months later. But that pain was very painful. Then I consulted the gynecologist. She advised me femilon tablet for hormonal imbalance. This table is taking me from 4 days. But I am suffering today like a sudden period, I do not know why? Please give me some advice. Thank you.

Dr. Neeraj Srivastava 88% (63 ratings)
BAMS - Alternative Medicine, Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS)
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Lucknow
I had a period in May. After that the period came in August 2 months later. But that pain was very painful. Then I co...
Hi, Thank's for your query Lybrate-user firstly you should go for proper diagnosis and then take any HORMONAL medicine otherwise it's may be harmful to you. You know it's may be any region. If you want permanently TREATMENTS then you can take my APPOINTMENT for proper diagnosis and treatment OR contact me me through Lybrate.
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Undergone scanning and all. Report says its because of hormonal imbalance. My thyroid level is normal. I am overweight.

Dt. Shwetha Bhatia 92% (443 ratings)
B.Sc. In Food Science & Quality Control, Post Graduate Diploma In Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune
Undergone scanning and all. Report says its because of hormonal imbalance. My thyroid level is normal. I am overweight.
Its necessary to follow a healthy lifestyle as fat loss is a gradual process. There is no quick fix approach. Following a healthy diet which has optimal amounts of first-class proteins (dairy products, eggs, chicken etc) reduced carbohydrates (white rice, poha etc) & healthy fats (almonds. Walnuts etc) along with a structured​ exercise program that is balanced with weight training and cardio will surely help. Hormonal imbalances that can impede your rate of fat loss. Stay consistent & patient in order to achieve your weight loss goals. Kindly contact us for your issues to get customized​ diet & workout plan.
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Hi, My grandmother using evalon forte tablet since 8 years, nowadays not available evalon forte tablet in market. Please suggest any alternative tablet.

Dr. K.S Jeyarani Kamaraj 91% (811 ratings)
MBBS, DGO, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Chennai
Hi, My grandmother using evalon forte tablet since 8 years, nowadays not available evalon forte tablet in market. Ple...
Dear Mr. lybrate-user, Thanks for your enquiry. Please Consult a Gynaecologist and have your complete checkup and take the medicine.
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How to check hormonal imbalance in the body? I am 25 year. Old, having issues like. Hair thinning, grey hair, dull skin and ED. Please suggest me appropriate test.

Dr. Narasimhalu C.R.V.(Professor) 95% (46966 ratings)
MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
How to check hormonal imbalance in the body? I am 25 year. Old, having issues like. Hair thinning, grey hair, dull sk...
You are suffering from hormonal changes causing Androgenetic alopecia causing hair fall. It's completely stoppable even regrowth of hair is possible with certain medications without any side effects. Treatment depends on the grade of hair loss. So, it's a must for diagnosing which grade, you are in for an effective treatment. Please send photos of your head, by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
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Is there any homoeopathic doctor in Kerala, provides treatment for hormone imbalance.

Dr. Shriganesh Diliprao Deshmukh 91% (2110 ratings)
International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
Is there any homoeopathic doctor in Kerala, provides treatment for hormone imbalance.
Sepia 12c 3tims day for 10days Sulph 3c 3tims day for 10days Do u had history of harmonal treatment If s Dan read below It's very dangerous bcoz u r going against nature bcoz u r taking above tab means artificial harmones Which wil disturbe ur natural hypothalamo pituitary axis. Means ur suppose to in future disease called Harmonal imbalance which very very difficult to treat Ask me in private so dat we can discuss in better manner and also u wil improve Also we can change d medicine
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PCOD - How Homeopathy Plays A Role In Treating It?

Dr. Kunal Lokare 89% (17 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
PCOD - How Homeopathy Plays A Role In Treating It?

Polycystic Ovary Disease (PCOD) refers to the condition where multiple cysts are formed in the ovary. It is a hormonal disorder observed in women. The hormonal imbalance causes irregular menstrual cycle and makes it difficult for women to conceive.

What causes PCOD?
There are a number of factors responsible for PCOD; genetics, hormonal changes, insulin resistance etc. often play important roles in the development of the disorder. If you have someone in your family who’s had PCOD, then the condition may be inherited. When excess androgen hormones are produced in the ovary, it results in complications related to ovulation. According to experts, about 70% of women develop PCOD due to insulin resistance (when your cells fail to utilise insulin properly). As a result, the demand for insulin in your body increases. The excess insulin produced by the pancreas triggers over-production of male hormones, this hormonal imbalance being a cause of PCOD.

Early symptoms of PCOD-
Women diagnosed with PCOD usually encounter symptoms like irregular periods, excess hair on the face and body, dark patches on the neck, weight gain, frequent breakouts of acne and pimples. Over 70% of women with PCOD grow hair on the face and body. This excess hair growth condition is known as hirsutism. Due to excess production of male hormones, your skin becomes oilier and prone to acne breakouts. About 80% of women who develop PCOD are also obese or overweight.

Role of homeopathy-
Since the root cause of PCOD is hormonal imbalance, the best alternative treatment is homeopathy. Conventional treatment is directed towards the repair of PCOD symptoms but they only treat the condition for a short span of time. Moreover, it increases your dependency on certain drugs which may have side effects. Homeopathy, on the other hand, corrects hormonal imbalance and rejuvenates your body from within without having negative side-effects. Homeopathy drug Pulsatilla helps dissolve ovarian cysts and regularizes menstrual cycle. Thuja and Sepia are extremely effective medicines for PCOD accompanied by hair growth on the face. Conium is a safe, natural medicine used in homeopathy treatment and it works wonders for the removal of acne that manifests as a symptom of PCOD.

The benefits reaped from homeopathy medications are indisputable. Many women choose to go for homeopathy treatment in order to avoid further complications associated with ovarian cyst treatment. Homeopathy treatment results are positive and long-lasting.

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