Superovulation is the release of many mature eggs in one menstrual cycle. This often occurs after taking a medicine that stimulates the ovaries. Medicines that may be used are letrozole or gonadotropins, such as a follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
Superovulation with medicines is watched closely to prevent severe ovarian hyperstimulation, a potentially life-threatening condition.
Superovulation increases the likelihood of conception, but it also increases the risk of becoming pregnant with more than one fetus, such as twins or triplets.
Current as of: November 22, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology & JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine