Definition - What does Ovidrel mean?

Ovidrel is an injectable medication used to help with ovulation (egg release) in some fertility regimens. Ovidrel is synthetic luteinizing hormone (LH) which is normally produced by the body. LH levels usually rise and drop at specific levels during a women’s menstrual cycle to aid in egg maturation and release.

Ovidrel is also known as a trigger shot or as recombinant humanized chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).

FertilitySmarts explains Ovidrel

Ovidrel is given subcutaneously (injected under the skin) for one day following the last dose of follicle-stimulating medication in a fertility regimen. This usually occurs after the doctor has determined that adequate follicular development has occurred through monitoring.

Some common side effects from Ovidrel include nausea, injection site irritation, and abdominal pain or discomfort. Ovidrel can potentially cause ovarian cysts to develop. More serious side effects include ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) or blood clots. Patients should report signs of severe abdominal pain or swelling up two weeks after the medication is given. Ovidrel potentially can cause multiple births.

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