Should I be Concerned About Irregular Ovulation?

As we’re sure you know, every woman’s body functions differently. No two women are going to have the same experience as they go through everything from menstruation to menopause, and that’s perfectly normal. Often, as young women come into their regular menstrual cycles, they may find that their period doesn’t follow the usual once-per-month schedule. While that may just be your own version of normal, irregular menstruation and ovulation may be worth looking into.

Here at First Smile, we firmly believe that education is the first step in the fight against infertility. Here are three of the most common causes of irregular ovulation and how they relate to your fertility:

  • Malnutrition/excessive weight gain or weight loss. We’ve discussed before how being overweight can block the production of healthy sex hormones; being underweight can have much the same effect. Occasionally, you’ll hear stories of runners and professional athletes going without their periods. If you fall on either side of the spectrum, it’s important that you get in touch with your physician to see if your fertility might be in question.
  • Conditions that affect the pelvic organs. We talked about PCOS and how it might affect your fertility last week. Other conditions that affect the pelvic organs may have similar effects, like endometriosis. Irregular menstruation is one of the most common side effects of similar conditions, but these syndromes often come with a host of other complications.
  • Stress and emotional issues. Stress is our silent but ever-present enemy. Whether you realized it or not, intense negative emotions and looming stress can actually prevent you from menstruating regularly. Though the link between stress and infertility is still unclear, researchers have found that women reporting high stress levels are 30% less likely to achieve pregnancy.

As we said before, everyone’s “normal” is different; some women skip a few months of their period with no underlying negative causes or detrimental effects. Still, it never hurts to talk to your gynecologist if you’re concerned about an abnormal ovulation cycle. If you want to learn more about infertility or get in touch with a Chicago egg donation specialist, give us a call at 847-656-5276 and schedule your consultation.