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Ovulation is the moment when the egg is released by the ovary and becomes mature, allowing fertilization by the sperm and thus initiating pregnancy.
In some situations, the ovulation process can be altered due to changes in hormone levels and problems with the ovaries, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, for example, in which a woman has greater difficulty getting pregnant, in addition to other symptoms such as insulin resistance, increase in body hair, change in menstrual cycle and weight gain. See more about polycystic ovaries.
Therefore, if the woman has any difficulty getting pregnant, it is recommended that she consult the gynecologist so that an evaluation is carried out, the cause of the ovulation change is identified and, thus, the most appropriate treatment can be indicated, which can be accomplished with medications and, in some cases, natural remedies to stimulate ovarian function.
Medicine to stimulate ovulation
The drugs used to stimulate ovulation aim to mature the eggs, increasing the possibility of pregnancy. Medications that may be prescribed by the doctor are:
Clomiphene is a medication that can be prescribed by the doctor in case of artificial insemination or programmed sexual intercourse with the aim of favoring fertilization, since ovulation usually occurs in the first 36 hours after using the medication.
Clomiphene favors the secretion of the hormones GnRH, LH and FSH, which are responsible for ovarian stimulation and egg development. Learn more about clomiphene.
2. Aromatase inhibitors
Aromatase inhibitors have an effect on the ovarian follicles, increasing their sensitivity to FSH, favoring ovulation.In addition, these drugs have the advantage of decreasing the likelihood of multiple pregnancy, which is one of the main consequences of assisted reproduction.
3. Human Menopause Gonadotropin
Human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG) is a medication that can be prescribed by the gynecologist to stimulate ovulation, as it has an effect on the FSH and LH hormones, which are responsible for favoring the growth and maturation of follicles in the ovary to be released and fertilization to occur.
4. Corifolitropin alfa
Corifolitropin alfa is a recombinant gonadotropin, that is, it is created in the laboratory, so its composition is completely synthetic. Corifolitropin has an effect similar to that of the FSH hormone, keeping its levels active for at least 1 week and favoring the development of several follicles.
This medication has fewer side effects and is therefore safer to use. However, corifolitropin alfa should be prescribed by the gynecologist according to the clinical situation of each woman.
5. Choriogonadotropin alfa
Choriogonadotropin alfa, or recombinant hCG, is similar to the LH hormone, and favors the ovulation process naturally in women, as this drug is indicated to stimulate ovarian function when changes in its functioning are identified.
The main side effect of choriogonadotropin alfa even the possibility of developing ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, which can cause belly bloating, abdominal pain and weight gain, for example.
How to stimulate ovulation naturally
One of the natural options to stimulate ovulation is to increase the consumption of yams, which can be consumed in stewed meat, soups and tea, the latter being the way that most enhances the properties of the food.
To stimulate ovulation naturally, yam consumption can be increased. Yams can be eaten cooked in stewed meat or in soups. But, to enhance its effect, it is also advisable to drink tea made from yam bark.
Yam has a phyto-hormone called diosgenin, which in the body is transformed into DHEA and stimulates the release of more than 1 egg by the ovaries, thus increasing the chances of pregnancy. But, in addition, you need to follow a good diet and practice physical activity regularly.
Although there are no scientific publications proving that yams are directly related to fertility, this subject has been studied by numerous scientists, as it has been observed that, by ingesting more yams, women become more fecund.
- husk of 1 yam
- 1 glass of water
Place the yam peel in a pan with water and let it boil for 5 minutes. Cover the pan, let it cool, strain and drink. It is recommended to drink the tea on an empty stomach until you start ovulating.To find out when you are ovulating, it is recommended to perform an ovulation test. Learn how to take the ovulation test.
Other natural options
In addition to yams, soy and milk thistle are able to stimulate ovulation by promoting increased estrogen production. In addition, adopting he althy practices, such as balanced diet and physical exercise, can facilitate the occurrence of ovulation. Learn about other benefits of soy and milk thistle.