How can you induce ovulation?


During ovulation, in the middle of the woman's cycle, an egg is expelled from a follicle and then taken up by the fallopian tube. This process is triggered in the natural cycle by the rise in the hormone LH (lutenizing hormone). Ovulation can also be triggered artificially by administering the hormone HCG (human choriogonadotropin) or by clomiphene.

All other remedies, such as homeopathy, natural methods or home remedies, have an effect on the regularity of the cycle rather than actually triggering ovulation.

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What is the best way to induce ovulation?

Ovulation is heavily controlled by levels of female sex hormones.These include LH (lutenizing hormone), FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), estrogen and progesterone.

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Strictly speaking, HCG, which is contained in the syringe that induces ovulation, is not one of the typical hormones in the female cycle. But when it is injected and not pregnant, it attaches to the ovary and mimics the hormone LH.

Another way to trigger ovulation is to give clomiphene. The drug causes more LH and FSH to be released from the pituitary gland. In women who do not ovulate regularly, the increased level of hormones promotes the growth of the follicles and, as a result, ovulation.

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Ovulation-inducing syringe

The injection that induces ovulation contains the pregnancy hormone HCG. During pregnancy, HCG is formed by the placenta and is responsible for maintaining the pregnancy.

If you inject the hormone in a certain dose, it binds to receptors on the ovary and activates them. After about 36 hours, ovulation is triggered. The ovulation-triggering syringe is used in particular as part of fertility treatment.

By knowing exactly when ovulation occurs, sexual intercourse can be timed accordingly. Furthermore, the ovulation-triggering syringe is also used when follicles are to be punctured for artificial insemination.

The ovulation-inducing syringe should only be used under medical supervision, as it can lead to a number of side effects, including severe ones. Headache and local skin reactions at the injection site are common. Hyperstimulation syndrome can also occur in the course of artificial insemination. In this syndrome, the ovaries are enlarged and fluid can build up in the body cavities.

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What can you do yourself to induce ovulation naturally?

In addition to medication and herbal remedies, you can also take measures yourself, which can at least make the cycle more regular. Once you have a regular cycle, you can determine the time of ovulation relatively precisely with the calendar method or by measuring the basal temperature in combination with the assessment of the mucus from the cervix.

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The first measure is to normalize body weight. You should aim for a BMI between 20 and 27. In this context, a healthy and balanced diet can also have a positive effect on the cycle. There are also reports in which the consumption of vegetable proteins, for example from beans or nuts, helped to trigger ovulation. In summary, one can say that a healthy lifestyle is a good basis for a regular cycle with regular ovulation.
This also includes only a low consumption of alcohol and a total renunciation of other drugs.

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For women with menstrual disorders and irregular ovulation, it can also help if their caffeine consumption is restricted. You don't have to do without caffeine entirely, but you shouldn't consume more than 200mg a day. This is roughly equivalent to a cup of coffee.

Finally, a balanced sleep rhythm with sufficient sleep also has a beneficial effect on the cycle and thus also on ovulation. It is known that women who work on a night shift, for example, can have problems with their hormonal balance.

What drugs are there?

The most effective drug is the hormone HCG, which is contained in the ovulation-inducing syringe. Another drug is clomiphene. Strictly speaking, clomiphene is a follicle-stimulating drug that only promotes ovulation as a "side effect". Clomiphene increases the release of the hormones FSH and LH, which are essential for the cycle to run.
It is used in women with infertility due to polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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However, there are some herbal medicines from naturopathy that can trigger ovulation. It is important with these drugs that the gynecologist should still be consulted before taking them, as herbal remedies can also have significant side effects. In addition, the gynecologist can then advise which remedy is best suited to the individual situation.
In addition, the effect of many herbal remedies has not yet been proven by large studies, which could also reveal possible side effects.

One possible drug is, for example, milk thistle. The active ingredient is supposed to detoxify the liver and thus increase the production of the hormone estrogen. Although this does not automatically trigger ovulation, the cycle can become more regular by taking milk thistle, which makes it easier to calculate ovulation.

Monk's pepper has been studied a little better. He is said to stimulate the hormone LH. Monk's pepper should be taken as a tablet, as the active ingredient is difficult to dissolve. Monk's pepper also stimulates the formation of dopamine. This can have a beneficial effect if you want to have children, but for this reason monk's pepper must not be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Which home remedies can be used to help?

Teargrass tea can help induce ovulation. The effect has been scientifically but not yet proven with certainty. A tea mixture of raspberry leaves, sage, rosemary, mugwort and elderflower can also have a supporting effect.


Most homeopathic preparations are designed to help with cycle problems. It is unlikely that you can trigger ovulation yourself. Before taking, one should seek advice from an experienced gynecologist about possible side effects and success rates. They can then select the right preparation in the right dosage.

Some examples are given below. The preparation follicle hormone synthetic is said to be one of the few preparations that has a direct effect on ovulation. For this purpose, 10 globules are taken in the morning on the 8th, 10th and 12th day of the cycle.

Ovaria comp. is another preparation that is supposed to stimulate hormone production. It is recommended for women who have been taking birth control pills for a long time or who suffer from fertility problems for other reasons.
It is important not to take the globules if you are allergic to bees, as an allergic reaction can be triggered. The preparation Phyto L contains, among other things, monk's pepper, which is also used in phytotherapy. This homeopathic remedy is supposed to act on the pituitary gland, which in turn is involved in controlling the cycle.

How high is the success if you trigger ovulation artificially?

If ovulation is triggered with an ovulation-triggering syringe containing HCG, the success rate is almost 100%. In addition, you can predict the exact time of ovulation to almost the hour. Attempts to induce ovulation with herbal remedies can have completely different success rates, which have not yet been systematically investigated.

Raspberry leaf tea

In naturopathy, raspberry leaf tea is known for promoting blood circulation in the pelvic area and promoting the build-up of the uterine lining. The increased blood flow in the pelvis is supposed to help remove pollutants from the uterus. This should then have a positive effect on possible implantation. In addition, raspberry leaf tea is said to promote the regularity of the cycle. An ovulation-inducing effect has not yet been proven.