Superovulation is a treatment protocol designed to increase the number of eggs that a woman ovulates in a cycle. In an unstimulated cycle (natural cycle), a woman typically ovulates a single egg each month. Very rarely, a woman's ovaries may spontaneously release 2 eggs in any given cycle, which can lead to non-identical twins. In a stimulated superovulation cycle, the aim is to achieve multifollicular growth and ovulation - the ovulation of multiple eggs in one cycle. When several eggs are ovulated at once, the likelihood of conception often increases dramatically. Naturally, when multiple eggs release, the likelihood for a multiple gestation (twins...) increases as well.
Superovulation may be performed using orally ingested medications or injectable medications, and is normally combined with intrauterine insemination (IUI). Patients who may benefit from superovulation/IUI are couples with unexplained infertility, endometriosis, and ovarian dysfunction.
As one of the leading fertility centers of California, the California Center for Reproductive Health has been successfuly treating candidate patients with superovuation in a responsible and effective manner. This means we employ safe but highly efficient stimulation protocols to achieve high success rates while minimizing risks of higher-order multiple gestations (triplets or more).