What Is Anovulation?
Anovulation is a condition characterized by the absence of ovulation. Women who suffer from this condition experience anovulatory cycles, irregular periods or periods that come at varying intervals. Chronic Anovulation is a leading cause of infertility among women.
Imbalances and fluctuations in hormone levels are common causes of Anovulation. Diseases of the pituitary gland can be an underlying cause, although obesity or very high body mass, very low body weight, diseases of the ovaries, thyroid diseases, perimenopause, and chronic stress are all possible causes as well.
Who Should Undergo Treatment For Anovulation?
Women who experience anovulatory cycles outside of perimenopause should generally be concerned of not getting regular periods. That is because anovulation could be a symptom of a number of diseases, including irregular levels of luteneizing hormone but also high levels of blood sugar, insulin resistance, and presence of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
What To Expect When Treating Anovulation:
Since Anovulation has many underlying causes, treating it usually involves a multi-pronged approach to taper off increased risk for multiple diseases.
Below are just some of the things that you can expect when treating anovulation:
- Women with PCOS or, who are obese will often be advised to stop gaining weight and revamp their lifestyles. If you are trying to conceive but experience irregularities in your menstrual cycles, you will be advised to make the same lifestyle adjustments on top of your fertility workups.
- Your physician may also prescribe ovulation induction by giving you medications to stimulate your ovaries to release an egg and to ovulate.
- In rare cases, surgery may be recommended. An example would be to remove tumors blocking hormone regulating organs, such as the pituitary glands, thyroid gland and adrenal glands.
- Lasting improvements to your reproductive health can only be sustained by regulating your diet and engaging in regular physical activity.