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Superovulation

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Updated September 09, 2008

Definition:

Superovulation is a term used to describe the drug-induced production of multiple eggs for use during assisted reproductive technologies, such as IVF. Superovulation is also sometimes used during IUI treatment. Normally, a woman ovulates just one egg per cycle. With the use of fertility drugs, she may be able to produce several eggs, which can then be retrieved from the ovaries prior to ovulation.

Sometimes the drugs used for superovulation work "too well," leading to a condition known as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. Superovulation can also lead to a multiple pregnancy.

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