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.

  • Daisy

    I was diagnosed with anovulation 6 years ago and got pregnant with my daughter after the first cycle of clomid. I have not used any birth control since she was born 5 yrs ago and I found out I was 1 month pregnant last week but I had a spontaneous miscarriage. I had no idea I was pregnant so I didn’t stop my workout routine.. So even if you have anovulation there is still a chance you can get pregnant without medical help^_^

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  • molly

    I’m 24 years old, have always had irregular cycles, when I was 20 I went on the pill for 1 year, it regulated my cycles, but once I went off it, I did not have a period for 23 months, which was when I went back on the pill. I am now trying to conceive, my fixture out me on Clomid 50mg for two months, My progesterone went from 1.1 on day 21 the first month to 7 on day 23, my doctor then put me on 100mg, on day 23 this time my progesterone was only 5. I’m now being sent to a specialist, what can I expect the next step to be?

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  • Pudles

    I am 35 been TTC for over 12 months. I have other children & conceived them easily within a month or 2. I went to GP to have some tests run to see if there was a reason for not conceiving. He said my FSH is too high & to just keep trying. What does this mean for me?

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  • Kristy

    I know this is old but I have regular 26 day cycles like clock work. Is that possible if I’m not ovulating?

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  • Mariam Biola

    I have not my menstrual period for over a year now but mid june I saw my period. Though I did some test n discover I av an anuovulatory cycle. What do I do

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  • Charlotte

    I am 22 years old I’ve had 2 miscarriages and I have recently bought a clear blue advanced fertility monitor due to us not having much luck! I have come to realise that in the 4 months of me using the monitor I have only ovulated once I went to my doctors and she has told me I’m young and just be patient but I feel this is unhelpful as me and my
    Husband have been trying for a long time. what do you
    Recommend I do?

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  • merab

    hey , lm have anovulatory cycles l have missing my menstrual period but the twist is that l have the cramps every month

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  • TNmommyof3

    Hi, I have a question…. I missed my period in January, had a light watery cycle in February that lasted for 5 days without clots or cramping and now I’m on day 43 of this cycle with no signs of cm and a negative pregnancy test. I have three children already and had a tubal ligation done in 2008. My “normal” cycles are very heavy bleeding with alot of blood clots and was told in August 2015 that I have slightly elevated androgens. I’m 35 and am curious if my ovaries decided to quit on me or if my androgens decided to go through the roof…. I’m not looking to get pregnant again or anything like that. I just want to get my hormones back on track.

    Thanks for any and all advice.

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  • Tara Samlal

    For the past 8 mths my husband & i have been tryin to have a baby and we are not getting through. Each month i do use the ovulation testers and i do ovulate. I always have my periods. I am now on my 6th month of clomid 50g so am hoping that i do get through, however i do have alot of dryness. Would that affect my chances of becoming pregnant.

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  • Ann

    Can you have an anovulatory cycle following a miscarriage? My OB confirmed I was in the beginning of a new cycle with an U/S; also showing a follicle measuring at about 10 mm. My digital ovulation test at home said it’s a peak day, but my temp hasn’t risen and I don’t have CM like I normally do.

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  • Seriki Samuel Adinoyi (Jos)

    Parlodel is the brand name for bromocriptine (no difference)

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