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I Am Not Ovulating: What Can I Do?

If you’re worried you aren’t ovulating, it can be a serious blow to your fertility. You can only get pregnant when sperm can encounter a fertile egg, so if you don’t ovulate, due to a single skipped cycle or a long-term problem, you miss out on opportunities to get pregnant. Researching the problem can help you find a solution, but perhaps more importantly, as your understanding grows, your anxiety can diminish.

Confirmation

The first thing to do is seek confirmation that you’re not ovulating. If you’re not monitoring your ovulations with clinically tested methods, you may simply fail to identify one when it happens. There’s also the inherent chance that your cycle could vary a little from month to month. Even women with very stable cycles can experience some irregularity in the face of stress or illness, so it’s worth checking in with your doctor or fertility expert so they can confirm if and why you are no longer ovulating.

It could be they are able to give you good news: that a single, fluke circumstance delayed or disguised your ovulation in that cycle. If not, you can move onto the next stage of taking action.

Diagnosis

The next step is to try to find out why you aren’t ovulating. There are lots of things you can to try to stimulate ovulation, but it’s going to most effective for you if you get specific about exactly what is affecting your menstrual cycle and tailor your response accordingly.

It may take some time with doctors and specialists but it’s well worth pushing for a diagnosis to help you shape your response.

PCOS

PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the most common reasons for interrupted ovulation for women in the developed world so there is a reasonable chance this is what could be causing problems for you. It’s a hormone driven condition where high levels of insulin stimulate the production of more oestrogen and androgen than is normal, leading to irregular or skipped ovulations.

If you’re not ovulating due to PCOS your doctor may prescribe medication like Clomid to help boost the levels of the hormones associated with ovulation. There are even non-intrusive surgeries that can help to stimulate the release of a fertile egg.

You can also try to address the root causes of PCOS through your diet! A GI controlled diet can help to lower the level of insulin in your system, as can a supplement of Inositol which helps your body use insulin more effectively. As your insulin returns to a more normal level, you may well find a more regular ovulatory function is restored!