Timed intercourse is the act of having sexual relations on the most fertile days of a woman’s monthly cycle. This is a treatment option for all cases of primary or secondary infertility, in which basic studies find no clear reason for the infertility. It is often used by young couples, patients who have spent little time trying to get pregnant and couples with unexplained infertility who want a simple and natural choice before undergoing more complex techniques.
Ovulation is stimulated with oral medication that increases endogenous FSH and therefore improves the selection and maturation of eggs (Clomiphene Citrate, for example: Omifín). Patients are also sometimes given oral oestrogen that improves the ability of cervical mucus to move sperm up the fallopian tubes and also improves endometrial proliferation. Follicular growth is monitored via ultrasound. When it is considered the right time, ovulation is induced with a subcutaneous HCG injection (e.g. Ovitrelle). Couples will have sexual intercourse 24 to 48 hours after administering the HCG.
Most pregnancies achieved via this treatment happen in the first 3 or 4 months and so the treatment should not be continued beyond this time.
Instructions for preparing and administering GONAL: medication for stimulating oocyte growth.
Instructions for preparing and administering PUREGÓN: medication for stimulating oocyte growth.
Instructions for preparing and administering FOSTIPUR: medication for stimulating oocyte growth.
Instructions for preparing and administering OVITRELLE: medication for inducing ovulation.
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