Ovulation induction- timed intercourse (OI-TI) is one of the simplest forms of assisted reproduction techniques. It’s a relatively inexpensive procedure, with very little inconvenience and minimal risk of complications.
The procedure is ideal for young patients with healthy reserve, PCOS or unexplained infertility without other coexisting medical conditions.
All that is needed in some couples to conceive is to identify the correct time to have intercourse to maximize the chances of conception. In OI-TI a fertility specialist tracks the processes of ovulation and advises a couple on the right window to conceive naturally.
The couple would be advised intercourse during a window immediately prior to ovulation and for 2 days post ovulation. As the sperm survives in the female reproductive tract for up to 72 hours, the chances of the released egg being fertilized by the sperm naturally is enhanced.
The treatment of OI-TI would usually start on the second day of the menstrual cycle. Your reproductive medicine specialist would advice you to see her in the clinic on day 2 or day 3 of your menses for a ultrasound scan and to plan your medicines. Your reproductive medicine specialist would then advice you on the course of medicines to take and the frequency of scans to track your progress.
The medicines used in ovulation induction allow a specialist to control the process of ovulation. The processes of ovulation is tracked by a fertility specialist using a ultrasound scan. The medicines (either tablets or injections) would have to be taken daily for about 8-14 days.
The specialist with track the process of ovulation and advise the couple on the correct days for intercourse so as to maximize the chance of conception.