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Why am I Not Ovulating?

There are lots of different ways you can become aware that you’re not ovulating: you might be informed by a doctor after you’ve gone to them with other symptoms, it might be a conclusion you come to slowly by yourself, or it could be brought to your attention as the result of a missed period.

Today, OvuSense is looking at some of the different reasons why you aren’t ovulating, and helping you understand why, and what the implications are for your health and fertility.

Pregnancy

One of the main reasons you stop ovulating is that you’re pregnant! If your period is late or skipped that may prompt you to take a pregnancy test, which will check your urine for the hormone associated with a developing foetus.

That first month won’t result in a missed ovulation: you’re only pregnant because you have ovulated an evidently healthy, fertile egg. The remaining nine months of your pregnancy, however, will mean no ovulations and no periods. This can continue for up to a year after birth, if you breastfeed!

Stress

Stress is more than feeling tired and busy. Serious stress has dramatic effects on your body. It can affect hormone production and disrupt your sleep cycles, your sense of wellbeing and, most relevantly, your menstrual cycle.

A stressful environment is not a good one to raise children in, nor to be exhausted and hungry due to the demands of pregnancy. Your body interprets the stress you might feel from your job, from a family situation, or even an extended wait to conceive as an indication that it’s a dangerous time to get pregnant, and interrupts the menstrual cycle that makes it possible!

Health Issues

There are plenty of health issues that can cause your body to miss or delay when it ovulates. One of the most widespread is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS. This is a hormone driven condition which causes your body to produce too much insulin, and as a knock on effect, too much oestrogen and testosterone, which interferes with your menstrual cycle.

PCOS delays the maturation of eggs in your ovaries, and can either delay or prevent ovulation. PCOS therefore reduces the number of opportunities you have to get pregnant. To counteract the effects of PCOS, you can try a low-GI diet that can help to reduce your insulin levels, and tracking your basal body temperature to identify when you do ovulate, ensuring you can target those high fertility days that surround ovulation.