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Why Am I Not Ovulating?

If you’re trying to get pregnant, the time and regularity of when you ovulate suddenly becomes very important. Ovulation represents your chance in each menstrual cycle to conceive, as you can only get pregnant when sperm encounter an egg up to twenty four hours after it’s ovulated. After that twenty-four hour period, the egg isn’t fertile any more.

If you’re having difficulty conceiving, it could be because your ovulation is affected. There are lots of factors that can cause your body to delay or skip ovulation, either in the short term or as a chronic condition that requires a long term solution.


One of the most basic things that can affect ovulation is stress, both physical and mental. Stress is felt in the hypothalamus, the control centre for your body’s hormone system. It’s where a mental feeling of enormous pressure can become physical symptoms.

Feeling stressed for any reason, whether it’s a difficult family situation, a tough time at work, or indeed your ongoing attempts to get pregnant, causes your hippocampus to secrete ‘stress hormones’, which can affect your whole body. Your hormones can’t distinguish between the stress of life in the 21st century – late nights and pressure to finish an important work project – and life threatening stress, where you’re worried for your life and health in the long term. Whatever the reason you are feeling stressed, your body may interpret it as meaning you are caught in a situation where it would be dangerous to raise children and stop you ovulating, so you can focus your energies on survival!

Similarly to mental stress, physical stress can impact your body’s ability to ovulate regularly, or at all. Restrictive diets or intense exercise routines can either rob you of the key nutrients you need to maintain normal ovulatory function, or once again, persuade your body you’re living in a threatening, high risk environment, leading to fewer ovulations.

While there are often no easy solutions to a stressful environment, simply being aware of what’s causing the issue can help, and adjusting your habits and diet could help to restore a balance.

Health Conditions

There are lots of different health conditions that can affect when and how you ovulate. Anything that affects your hormones can affect your whole body, so issues like hyperthyroidism and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are some of the most widespread fertility affecting conditions for women in the developed world. PCOS is especially widespread, and can cause major fertility challenges.

With PCOS, ovulation often isn’t stopped altogether: it’s just infrequent and hard to detect. Fortunately, OvuSense can help here: our sensor and algorithm, and the app that links them, can detect and predict when you’re going to ovulate, even if you ovulate infrequently and it’s hard to spot. This helps you take full advantage of every possible opportunity to get pregnant.

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