Am I Having an Anovulatory Cycle?

Am I Having an Anovulatory Cycle?

An anovulatory cycle is a cycle in which a woman’s body doesn’t release any eggs. Anovulation is actually pretty common and occurs much more often that most people think. There are several different reasons and causes of anovulatory cycles. Today we are going to explore a few of those causes to try to make better sense of what can be a very confusing thing for many women. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Too much exercise

Sometimes, things like too much exercise can suppress gonadotropins, which can cause you not to ovulate. This is caused when there is a hormonal imbalance in your body.


Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can also be a cause of anovulatory cycles. It is also one of the most common causes of anovulation, and it is sometimes a telltale symptom of PCOS before the diagnosis is made.

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are another thing that can contribute to anovulatory cycles. This is because they can cause hormonal imbalances. Hormonal imbalances are actually the most common causes of anovulatory cycles in women.

Luteal phase defects

Luteal Phase Defects can be another cause of anovulatory cycles. Luteal phase defect is when a woman’s luteal phase is too short. It can contribute to anovulation in many women, and is actually one of the more common causes.


There are certain medications that can also be a contributing factor for anovulatory cycles. Taking oral contraceptives or Depo Provera for very long periods of time can sometimes cause anovulation. This is usually because prolonged use of these medications can stop a woman from getting her period. Trying to get pregnant after Depo can be very difficult, due to the delayed return of ovulation.

Unknown reasons

There are also other reasons that can cause anovulation that doctors never really figure out. In some women, the true cause of anovulatory cycles can be nearly impossible to pinpoint, even when doctors go through the laundry list of telltale causes.

Sometimes anovulation can be really hard to diagnose, since sometimes a woman will still menstruate. However, if your periods aren’t coming at all, it is pretty obvious that you are not ovulating. If you think that you might be having anovulatory cycles, ask your doctor for more help on what you should do. Your doctor can give you tests to determine whether or not you are actually ovulating, and can help you develop a treatment plan that will work for you.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.