How To Detect And Correct Anovulation

Anovulaiton is the lack of ovulation - no release of eggs. There are ways of detecting and correcting this condition, both naturally and medically.

Anovulation means that a woman is not ovulating - not releasing an egg each month. Just because a woman can have "bleeding" each month does not necessarily mean that she is ovulating. In anovulation, if bleeding occurs at the same time each month (making you think it is menstruation) it is actually break-through bleeding caused by low estrogen. Most women will have no bleeding.

The reasons for anovulation are many. Some of the easily diagnosed ones are breastfeeding, excessive weight gain or loss, illnesses, quitting birth control pills or shots, strenuous exercise, stress and travel. The medical conditions that cause anovulation and take more invasive steps to discover are pituitary and thyroid problems and polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS).

You can discover you are not ovulating on your own through the charting of your fertility signs. The basal body temperature will be very erratic - with the temperatures jumping all over the charts. You will not see a definite rise where ovulation should have occurred. With no upward shift in the temperatures to identify ovulation you can assume that you are anovulatory.

If you are trying to get pregnant, the discovery of anovulation can be devastating. However, with today's advances in medical technology and sometimes even with "natural" means, ovulation can be brought back and that desired pregnancy can happen. Most likely, if you are anovulatory it would be smart to start with the natural remedies to correct the problem. But before you start any treatment, seek the advice of your physician first.

There are several herbs that help to induce ovulation. Of these Vitex, or chastetree berry are among the best ones. Vitex should not be taken with any fertility drug prescription. Dong Quai is a good hormone regulator, too. See the bottle for proper dosage and seek the advice of your physician before taking any of them. Evening Primrose Oil helps with producing fertile quality cervical fluid and vitamin B6 helps to lengthen the luteal phase (the time from ovulation to menstruation).

If you need your doctor's help with overcoming anovulation, they can prescribe several drugs that will help to bring on ovulation. Your doctor will first run a series of tests to check hormone levels. Then, they may prescribe Clomid and Pergonal, the two most widely prescribed drugs. These are known as fertility drugs and the chances of having multiples are greatly increased while on these drugs - especially with the Pergonal. They are usually prescribed in small doses at first, then increased if conception does not occur. Clomid is the milder drug - however, there is still a slight increase in the chances of releasing more than one egg. Clomid is also prescribed if the root of infertility cannot be determined. Finally, if there has been no menstrual bleeding you may have a drug called Provera prescribed to you to induce menstruation.

With the advances in medical technology today, the chances of someone suffering from infertility are greatly increased to having a successful pregnancy. Anovulation was once a sentence to being barren and now there is help. The first step in discovering and correcting this dreadful condition is through the charting of your fertility signs and seeking the advice and help of your physician.

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