08 Aug Ovulation Problems That Can Impact Fertility
Ovulation problems are the primary culprit in over a quarter of the the fertility cases reported by women. Quite simply, when your body’s ability to ovulate is disrupted or impaired, you cannot conceive a child. But knowing that a problem exists only narrows down the issue. There are several causes which may interfere with ovulation.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
The most common reason for ovulation difficulties is PCOS. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The result, as the name of the disorder implies, is the growth of cyst on and around the ovaries. Because of the increased buildup of male hormones in the body, women may display outward physical symptoms such as increased facial hair and acne. Women may also suffer from obesity or insulin resistance.
Women with this condition usually suffer from irregular and infrequent ovulation, usually classified as having fewer than 8 period per year. While there may be external factors that contribute to oligoovulation such as an increase in strenuous exercise, this issue is usually corrected with hormone replacement therapy. Your doctor will need to do a complete study of hormone levels in your body to properly address the issue.
The most difficult condition to address is anovulation or the lack of ovulation. In some cases, women with this condition will not have a cycle for several months. In other cases, women will continue to have normal periods but without the production of a fully developed egg. The primary cause of anovulation is not fully understood although eating disorders, serious illnesses, and hormonal imbalances can play a contributing factor to the disorder.