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Anovulation: How to Treat Anovulatory Cycle?

on Aug 05, 2012

Monica Scott, BS, RN

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Anovulation: How to Treat Anovulatory Cycle?

Anovulation refers to a cycle in which a woman fails to ovulate. Without ovulation, no mature egg is released ready for fertilization - thus, there is no chance to become pregnant.

Normally, about 14 days after the release of an egg, if the egg has not been fertilized, menstruation occurs. The main reason for a missed period is pregnancy, but there are cases when other factors influence the occurrence of menstruation. For example, during a menstrual cycle, if an egg is not released by the ovaries, menstruation might not appear. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is anovulation?

Anovulation refers to the above mentioned situation when ovulation does not occur, meaning that no egg is released during a menstrual cycle. Most of the times, anovulation is associated with a missed period. This disorder is called amenorrhea. Because the most obvious symptom of anovulation is a missed period, many women who suffer from this disorder mistakenly believe they are pregnant. Their hopes are ruined when they take a pregnancy test and find out they are not, in fact, expecting a baby.

Unfortunately, anovulation is a very common and serious fertility problem. If a woman does not ovulate, she cannot get pregnant. When anovulation is associated with missed periods, she might realize she suffers from this disorder and tries to get help. However, there are many cases in which, despite anovulation, menstruation occurs.

How can I tell I’m not ovulating?

Some women who do not ovulate experience irregular bleedings or spotting they misidentify as their period. However, this type of bleeding is slightly different in color and amount from normal menstruation, and this sign should point to the fact that something might be wrong. Also, in many cases, the bleeding is painless and irregular, but, still, many women continue to think they have their menstruation when, in fact, they suffer from anovulation.

Why don’t I ovulate?

Anovulation can have many causes. Stress, some types of drugs, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, excessive exercise or weight loss might lead to anovulation. As soon as you discover you have an ovulatory problem, you should check with your doctor and find out what caused this disorder. Depending on the underlying causes, you doctor will offer you different treatment alternatives. Fortunately, there are many modern techniques and treatments for anovulation. Sometimes, anovulation can be treated with medication or regular treatments to help stimulate ovulation.

Find the cause to seek the treatment

Women who cannot become pregnant should suspect anovulation. This is one of the most common fertility problems that leads to the impossibility of getting pregnant. Many women seem to have normal menstruation although they suffer from this disorder. This is what makes detecting anovulation so difficult.

Therefore, if you are planning to have a baby, monitor your periods and, as soon as you notice irregular bleeding or missed periods, visit your doctor and find out what is causing your problem.

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Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    When ovulation does not occur, there is no chance of getting pregnant, since there is no mature egg released for fertilization. For you to solve this problem, you need to determine what is causing you not to ovulate. It can be a variety of reasons, from stress, weight problems, hormonal imbalance, and so forth. Seeing your doctor can help you identify the cause and can provide you with the appropriate treatment you need.

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  • mrs.haves

    Me and my boyfriend. Have been trying to have a baby but for some odd reason I can’t keep his sperm in me. We have been trying to have one for 3 months and I’m now taking flinstone vitamins to see if that will help I have been having weird cycles I was two weeks late this month and I started on the 7th and found out that I also had an ovarian cyst rupture can that harm me from not conceiving for a baby?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    You should definitely still be able to conceive after a ruptured cyst, as long as there aren’t any other underlying problems with your fertility. I highly recommend seeing your gynecologist so that they can conduct an evaluation and tests to determine if an ovarian cyst can affect your ability to get pregnant or not and possibly find exact cause of your infertility.

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  • Shona Hoffman

    Can the herb Vitex stop ovulation if you were ovulating regularly before but have long cycles? I currently was having 36 day cycles and I began taking Vitex to help increase my chances of conceiving. This is the first month where I have completely missed my cycle and I have taken several HPTs that have all come back negative. I have a doctor’s appointment in about 10 days but I’m just concerned that I may have had an anovulatory cycle due to the vitex. I stopped taking the vitex on CD 22 (day I normally ovulate based on charting) and I believed I ovulated 2 days later with the increase of cervical mucous and I have yet to receive my cycle. Any and all information would be helpful. Thank you!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1077020139 Helen Wilson

    Hi since a failed IVF cycle last year i have been experiencing spotting after ovulation, i have spoken to my GP but they have not been helpful and just put it down to ‘abnormal bleeding’! Could this be the begining of perimenopause – my last FSH blood test came back as 6.9 – i am 35 years old

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    Perimenopause is the stage in a woman’s reproductive life that begins several years before menopause, when the ovaries gradually begin to produce less estrogen. It starts in a woman’s 40′s but for some women even earlier. You may recognize perimenopause when you begin experiencing these kind of symptoms: hot flashes, breast tenderness, decreased libido, fatigue, mood swings and difficulty sleeping. A 6.9 FSH level is normal so you should be okay. Women in menopause should have their FSH levels between 67.0 and 134.8.

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  • Monalisa

    After conducting hormonal assay, this is my report:
    follicle stimulating hormone: 9.4mlu/ml
    Lutenizing hormone: 10.2mlu/ml
    H prolactin: 17.2ng/ml
    Preogesterone: 9.4ng/ml. What can I do?

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  • Monalisa

    After conducting hormonal assay, this is my report:
    follicle stimulating hormone: 9.4mlu/ml
    Lutenizing hormone: 10.2mlu/ml
    H prolactin: 17.2ng/ml
    Preogesterone: 9.4ng/ml. Is there a problem? What can I do?
    Can I get pregnant and I want is very fast. I nEed help

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  • Fragilelooks

    on my last clinical examination, i was told my prolactin level was high (30.9) and i was placed on parlodel, which i discontinued after 2 weeks and some days but my breast is still secreting. what do i do?

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Vitex is considered the single most important herb for balancing the hormone. It is a complex herb that specifically acts on the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian, or HPO, axis to alter gonadotropin-releasing hormones and follicular stimulating hormones, and it can normalize the secretion of other hormones, reduce prolactin and balance estrogen/progesterone ratios.

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  • eyemisanre

    This is my lab result:
    LH 16; FSH 11; Prolactine
    level 22; Progesterone 5.5; Comment Anovulatory: Low Progesterone.

    I have taken 8 bottles of 25ml of Progesterone injection on Feb,
    but yet no result for pregnancy yet by April, Pls I need help from expert, on what
    drug to take to get pregnant. Thank you.

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  • Mother in Zion

    My Husband and I have been trying to conceive since December with no success. I have always had normal periods with no problems after a missed period in February I was certain it was due to pregnancy. After 3 negative tests I went to see my doctor because I was having pain on my left side which was new. A vaginal ultrasound revealed I have a cyst on my left ovary. The doctor said I have PCOS she did not do any other test besides the ultrasound. I’m 27 a nd wanting to conceive . The doctor wants me to wait a full year before any fertility treatment. Should I follow her advice or seek a second opinion? I feel like a blood test to check hermon levels would be needed to properly diagnos me with PCOS. And if I have PCOS and that causes infertility why would we wait a year to treat it?

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  • Kathleen Williams

    Hello, my husband and I have been TTC since the end of December 2012 after suffering a ruptured ectopic pregnancy with the loss of my left tube in September. My cycles are typically very normal, come every 26-28 days, with ovulation occurring anywhere from CD 14-16. I use clear blue digital OPKs, because I understand them to be the most reliable ones. This cycle I had 2 positive OPKs on CD 15 and 16, with all the other O signs, EWCM and high soft open cervix. Today is CD 20 and I still have not seen a rise in BBT, and my fertility friend app has not detected ovulation. Now I am wondering if I’m having an anovulatory cycle or I just have really low progesterone. If I am having an anovulatory cycle, what can I do to prevent another one and/or boost my progesterone? Because my cycles have always been normal pre and post pregnancy, I would think its very unlikely that I have PCOS. Another thing I’ve had since the EP is terrible acne, which I did not have prior, is this because I’m missing a tube and hormone production has decreased since normal blood flow to/from my left ovary is occurring? What can I do to balance my hormones as best as I can with only having one tube?

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Knowing that high levels of prolactin can inhibit your reproductive hormones and can affect your cycles, getting pregnant can be difficult. Instead of taking Parlodel, you try to take 5mg of Bromocriptine daily until your prolactin levels normalize. Bromocriptine can lower your prolactin levels, and regulate your cycles; it has mild side effects, which include nausea and dizziness. However, it is best that you initially consult your doctor if this drug is safe for you to take.

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  • ConfusedinColumbus

    I usually have very regular AF (28-34 days), this month I haven’t had AF at all and I am on day 47. I’ve had 2 negative hpt, I feel nauseated in the after noon, other than that pretty normal. Any advice?

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  • precious

    I have anovulatory problem but I menstrate every months I have done hsg, lapotascopy before I discover I was not ovulating pls tell me what to do.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    I do recommend you to take 50 mg of Clomid for 5 days on days 3 through 7 of your cycle for 6 months in order to induce your ovulation. Clomid can help treat your anovulatory problem in such a way that it triggers the production of your LH and FSH, and induces ovulation. However; it is important that you see your doctor if this particular fertility supplement is safe for you to take.

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  • Divine

    Hi i am not mensurating for the last 10months i went to see my doctor and he told me that it is caused buy inbalance of hormones is there a possibilty that i may concieve

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Yes, there is still a good chance for you to conceive as long as you don’t have any underlying infertility issues. Since you have been experiencing hormonal imbalances, it is best that you take oral contraceptives for at least a month to help regulate your hormonal imbalances and to normalize your cycles. In this way, you can also improve your likelihood of being pregnant.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    There is a good chance that you might be pregnant, and it is best that you take a home pregnancy test 14 days after the first day that you have missed your period for a reliable result. When you have successfully confirmed your pregnancy, I do suggest that you have regular prenatal check-ups and maintain a healthy lifestyle for convenient and healthy pregnancy.

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  • Maria

    I’m anovulatory and on the pill, I recently lost my virginity to my boyfriend and he came inside me, can I still get pregnant?

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  • micky

    if i dont have any cervical mucus does it mean im anovulatory

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  • trikaz

    Hello, I’m 25 years old and very worried about my cycle. It has always been irregular. I have even gone through a year without a period. When I saw the gyn, he told me that it was due to a hormonal imbalance, but refused to give me any medication unless I was ttc. I have since used a variety of herbal medicines, along with food supplements and special sanitary towels and I finally got a period in may! However, it lasted too long (about a month) and I saw my gyn and this time he prescribed nerothsterone. I feared to take it coz I thout I would
    miss my period for too long again. It eventually stopped, and 2 weeks later resumed but this time the blood was very watery and sometimes brown. On the 7th Sept it got heavier with real blood this time, but up to now I’m bleeding! Should I take the nirothesterone now? Could I be ovulating now? I really need your help!
    Ps: I have never taken any contraceptive, apart from the morning after pill about 2 years ago.

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  • phoenix

    so i am 22 years old and I didnt get my period for one whole year but then they came back on its own. it now comes every 33 days or so. so my question is could i still be anovulatory even though i get my period every month like clock work now?

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  • Uyai Ekoriko

    i av been pregnant 3 times since i got married may 2011 but had miscarriage. Recently,i missed my period for 2 months n i thought i was pregnant again when i went to d hospital the test was negative. i had an appointment for a tube test n my tube was alright but the doctor said i wasn’t ovulating. Hormonal test was carried out that confirmed that too. How come i got pregnant those 3 times, n could it have something to do with those miscarriages?i really need help.
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  • kulkarni

    my endometrium thickness is9.3 mm and rt overy is 15.5 mm and left is 19.5 mm on day 23 pleaese telll me what this reprts say?

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    Yes, it is still possible that you can be anovulatory even if you have your period. It is called an anovulatory cycle. It is a menstrual cycle characterized by varying degrees of menstrual intervals and the absence of ovulation and a luteal phase. You may need to visit your doctor and have tests done to confirm this and find the root cause of your anovulation to get the right treatment.

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  • ramesh

    hello, i have regular periods but i doubt that i am suffering from anovulation, as we are planning for a baby since last one year.

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  • sally

    I have 3 cysts in my right ovary that are diagnosed as endometriosis. My menstural cycles are regular and the level of Anti mullerian hormone is 2.1 is it possible for me to concieve with these cysts or I should do a surgery first?

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  • fari

    Hi, i am having irregular period this month. I had my last period on 30th October. And, now i have my period on 18th november. Is it ok?

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  • LadyT86

    If I am suffering from anovulation can conceive easy pills help/work for me?

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  • Kristle

    I recently started to think I might have anovulation cycle… But not sure. I’m 22 years old today. When I was 19, I lost about 30lbs. and suddenly my period stopped for almost a year… After almost a year my period suddenly came back and since it came back I have been getting my period normally. My question is, if I didn’t have my period for almost a year (3years ago), am I not ovulating anymore??? Does that mean I’ve been having anovulation period all this time? (I get menstrual cramps, backache, sometimes nauseous and other normal period symptoms if that matters) Thank you for any respond in advance:)

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  • SpyKidsssssssssssss

    I am 16, so I’m definitely not trying to conceive, but my period started 3 days ago and has been very light, brown in color, and dare I say it, smelly. Could it be an anovulation?

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  • smile

    I have hormonal imbalance what’s the treatment n medication

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  • miriam

    I was diagonised to have anovulation and I experienced irregular mensuration. Recently I started having pain on the right side of my abdomen. Please what could be the cause?

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  • Christine

    I had some blood work done and it showed my DHEA levels were slightly elevated. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for over a year and have not succeed yet. Could this be a sign that I am not ovulating but still having my period every month. It comes around the same time every month give or take a few days. Same as normal. Heavy, cramps for the first couple of days and always bright red until about the last day.

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  • jk

    clomid makes delay in periods?

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  • annielyn martinez

    i have been diagnosed with PCOS last year and i undergo Diane 35 for 4 months and until now my ovaries are clear with cyst, i wonder i am not getting pregnant until now am i not ovualting?i am getting my period every month so whats wrong?my fiance has a good sperm count.

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  • britt

    I don’t have a period at all sadly and me and my boyfriend have been together for 2 years anddon’t have protected sex and I haven’t had a baby. I feel most positive I can’t, so I just gave up. I think that’s the only thing that worked for me.

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  • HARINI

    hello i am 19-years old girl height 5.7ft weight 93kgs i missed my period last year beginning for 3-4 months later i got back my regular periods for 1 year upto april this year but, now i am not getting for the past 2 months i did not consult any doctor can u give me the reason.. because i do not want to spoil my future life

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