Anovulatory cycles


#1

Hi everyone,

New to the forum here! I have never had regular menses, and went on OCPs very young for acne and regulating my cycle. I went off for 3 months and, even though my cycles were very irregular I was able to get pregnant with my first child. Now I’ve been trying for almost 7 months off OCPs. Until this month I’ve had 14 day cycles with only one spike in BBT that only lasted 8 days before another period. Had all of my blood work checked which is completely normal. Only thought is that it’s stress related. Took a progesterone challenge a few months ago, and the following cycle was 21 days. Now I’m on a 27 day cycle but still no spike in BBT and a serum hcg was negative. Has anyone had a similar experience? If so can you comment on what worked for you? My next step is likely clomid but the thought of multiples is a bit terrifying!

Thank you in advance!


#2

Common, easily regulated causes for anovulatory cycles are stress, overexertion, and eating habits. When women are over or underweight, their bodies will react differently to hormonal changes as they occur. A vigorous exercise program or extremely active lifestyle can affect hormones and thus ovulation and fertility. For example, a lot of gymnasts and ballerinas will experience anovulatory cycles quite often. When women use “The Pill” or “The Shot”, they are chemically imitating anovulation. Over an extended period of time, the use of these drugs can negatively affect the function of your reproductive system.Testing progesterone levels, the endometrial lining, and testing for the presence of specific antibodies, will help a physician to diagnose anovulation.
Treatment of anovulatory cycles will depend greatly on the findings of the administered tests. If it is decided that the causes are natural or stemming from outside influence, natural remedies will be prescribed. These include regulating eating habits and other methods that we have already discussed. If the cause of anovulation is decided to stem from internal imbalances, there is no need to worry. There are several fertility boosters that can combat a varied set of factors. These may include drugs designed to increase estrogen, ripen the follicles, or to help a woman release her egg when she is supposed to ovulate. The most drastic and last scenario a woman may encounter would be surgery. Normally this will only take place if she is found to have tumors.
If you or someone you know is experiencing regular bouts of anovulation, heed the advice above. Wishing you the best!