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November 1, 2012

Ovulation Disorders

If you are having problems with irregular menstrual cycles, you are not alone.  It is  one of the most common causes of infertility.

To help determine what is going on we recommend a hormone workup.  Most of the time, it will help identify the problem so that we can treat it.

There are several medical conditions that may contribute to ovulation disorders:

  • If you have hypothyroidism or an elevation in a hormone called prolactin, you will not release an egg regularly.
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is associated with irregular periods, hair growth, acne, weight gain and what’s called insulin resistance.
  • Imbalance of your male (testosterone) and female (estrogen) hormones.
  • If you don’t get periods and are extra stressed, over exercising or have an eating disorder, you could have a condition called hypothalamic amenorrhea which is when your brain stops giving the right signals for your ovaries to work.
  • On the other end of the spectrum if you are having hot flashes, night sweats and no periods, you may have a decreased ovarian reserve or even Premature Ovarian Failure.   In that instance, the ovaries are getting tired or have stopped functioning all together.

Following up with your Ob/Gyn, primary care or fertility specialist will allow for the appropriate evaluation.  And the great news is that thru this workup we can identify the problem and customize a treatment plan that will help you become successful!!!

 

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