Improving Pregnancy Chances for Women Who Don't Ovulate
is important as well. And this may help to explain the fact that as women age there seems to be a poorer response to the hormone stimulation used to help her get pregnant. If a woman is not completing the process on her own medications have been used to help ovulation, the best known medication used for this is clomiphene, but medications such as aromatase inhibitors, like letrozole, and actual FSH injections are also used for this. Still some women will not respond with ovulation. Various strategies have been tried to improve a woman's chances, including pre-treatment with insulin sensitizing agents, birth control pills, GNRH (gonadotrophin releasing hormone), LH (luteinizing hormone) and the hormone DHEA (dihydroepiandosterone). The pretretment can help the follicle cells become more responsive to the FSH signals. A group of Korean fertility researchers just published their results with pretreatment using testosterone gel in low doses 12.5 mg (note this level is fairly low, or 0.125 grams, as compared to the 1.25 grams which is the lowest male androgen level available in the Androgel 1% testosterone gel that is used for male testosterone treatments) to help improve rates of success in their IVF patients. The testosterone gel is thought to mimic a normal step in the sequence necessary for a successful ovulation process by which the soon to be ovulatory follicle gets stimulated by local hormones to increase it's ability to respond to FSH. Although these women could potentially get side effects of the male hormone, it might help people who didn't get enough ovulation response from their other treatments, to be successful. Other fertility factors to be treated improve chances would include being sure the timing of sex is correct during the ovulation process, having healthy fallopian tubes, having a partner with an optimized sperm count, and using insemination techniques.