The birth of a child is one of the most important events in a woman’s life. Becoming a mother is wonderful! But why do some people, having decided to acquire an heir, do it easily and simply, while others count the most favorable days for years, change their postures, go to the best seaside resorts - and the dream does not all come true? The cause of infertility may lie in anovulation.
Let's see what it is and how to cure a lack of ovulation.
- Anovulation in women - what is it
- The reasons for the lack of ovulation
- Chronic anovulation
- Anovulation with regular menses
- Signs of
- How to treat
- Traditional methods of treatment and recipes
- Therapy for SKPYA
What is anovulation?
Normally, during the entire reproductive period (from about 12-13 to 45-48 years old) the following changes occur every month in the girl's body:
- The growth and maturation of several antral follicles (from the first day of the cycle to approximately 9-10 days).
- Dominance among these follicles of one - the largest, increasing in size until the moment of ovulation.
- Ovulation - the release of the egg from the dominant follicle and the formation of the corpus luteum, producing a "pregnancy hormone" - progesterone. At the time of ovulation possible discomfort - short-term nagging pain in the abdomen, chest pain.
Further 3 options are possible:
- The merger of the egg with the sperm and zygote travel through the fallopian tubes into the uterus, and then the onset of pregnancy.
- The absence of fertilization, the output on the 28th day of the cycle of the detached functional layer of the endometrium together with the egg cell is menstruation.
- Fertilization of the egg occurs, but the mechanisms of full implantation are not included (for various reasons). In this case also begins a new menstrual cycle and a slight delay.
What is anovulation in women? When anovulating, the egg either does not mature or does not leave the dominant follicle. These are hormonal disorders requiring medical intervention. With anovulation, pregnancy is not possible, because the eggs are not in the tubes - it cannot meet with the sperm.
Causes of Anovulation
The reasons for anovulation are various factors, mainly of a hormonal nature. There is a malfunction of the well-coordinated system "hypothalamus-pituitary." The hypothalamus is the area of the diencephalon that controls the pituitary gland. In turn, the pituitary gland - a special gland on the lower surface of the brain - produces 2 hormones necessary for maturation and release of the egg:
- luteic (LH),
- follicle-stimulating (FSH).
Disruption of their production leads to anovulation. Most often, the main cause of problems with the formation of a healthy egg lies precisely here.
Among the causes of violations and hormonal disruptions are:
- abnormal adrenal glands,
- thyroid disease,
- excessive production of male hormones.
All these violations, sometimes not noticed by a woman until she is about to conceive a child, lead to a lack of ovulation.
Symptoms may be different. Most often it manifests itself:
- lengthening or shortening the cycle,
- irregular menstruation,
- changes in the nature of the discharge (they become unusually scanty or, conversely, abundant).
Sometimes monthly flow without significant changes, with a regular cycle. In this case, the woman herself can only notice that she:
- added a few pounds in a short time
- on the contrary, she lost weight
- suffers from mood swings, irritability.
Sometimes male-pattern hair growth is observed (in case of polycystic ovary syndrome). Girls may notice discharge of clear fluid from the nipples - a sign of hyperprolactinemia, which leads to suppression of ovulation.
Not always anovulation speaks of pathology. Once or twice a year, and at the age of more than 40 years - up to 6 times a year, cycles are anovulatory. This is anovulation with a normal hormonal background. It occurs as a result of small failures in the body due to:
- climate change
- exacerbation of chronic diseases
- age changes.
Such cases, doctors do not consider it necessary to treat. But chronic anovulation should be a reason for a comprehensive survey, if a woman intends to become a mother.
At the same time, menstrual disorders by type of anovulation can be observed every month.
Some signs a woman can detect herself, even if the monthly in her outwardly flow as usual. First of all, it is the absence of changes in the basal temperature chart.
If a woman keeps a schedule, she may notice that BT in the second phase remains low during anovulation. The situation is normal when, before ovulation itself, the temperature drops by a few tenths of a degree, and then, if everything happens without disturbances, it rises to 37 ° C.
When anovulation does not occur: the temperature never rises above 36.9 0 C. Anovulation is diagnosed during regular periods.
Signs and causes of anovulation
Anovulation with regular menstruation is possible with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), with early ovarian depletion.
Early ovarian depletion occurs at the age of 40 years. Why is this happening and is it treated? There can be many reasons:
- gynecological diseases
- strong prolonged stress
- hereditary factor
- surgery on the ovaries,
- ovarian endometriosis,
- genetic disorders.
Typically, this condition is observed in women whose follicular reserve is initially low. The number of antral follicles in the body of the future girl is laid before birth. During life, the stock is consumed. It is impossible to replenish it. Therefore, the early depletion of the ovarian reserve suggests an approaching menopause. There are no signs of anovulation that the patient herself can detect (with the exception of “flat” basal temperature and the absence of the desired pregnancy). Monthly continue to go, only on ultrasound shows the absence of a dominant follicle and in the future - the yellow body. Can I get pregnant in this case? Independently - no. Exit - IVF with donor egg.
PCOS is a condition that can be cured and get an independent pregnancy. Today, there are many who became pregnant after polycystic ovarian treatment and gave birth to beautiful children.
In the case of PCOS, the follicles mature under the influence of hormones, but the process does not go to the end: on the ultrasound, 10-15 follicles are seen immediately, which start to grow in one cycle. They grow to a certain size, but among them the dominant one is not allocated. They all turn into cysts - capsules filled with fluid, and remain in the ovaries. The doctor will notice these signs of anovulation on ultrasound.
Such changes occur due to excessive activity of male hormones in a woman's body. They suppress women's work, with the result that conception becomes impossible.
The diagnosis of PCOS is not a sentence: the disease is treatable. But you need patience and careful adherence to the recommendations of the doctor.
Treatment of anovulation
The question of how to get pregnant in the absence of your ovulation, should be decided individually. Someone will be enough course of treatment with hormonal drugs. Someone will be able to quickly adjust the hormones by applying physical therapy. Someone will have to settle for laparoscopy with ovarian drilling or in vitro fertilization.
For the treatment of endocrine sterility and anovulation, medications such as duphaston and ovarium compositum are used.
Duphaston is necessary in case of insufficiency of the luteal phase. This is an analogue of the female hormone progesterone, which is necessary for successful conception and pregnancy. Duphaston stimulates the activity of the corpus luteum.
Ovarium compositum improves the functioning of the reproductive system. The drug helps to improve the nutrition of tissues, normalizes the process of metabolism.
How to treat anovulation, the doctor decides in each case individually, based on the results of the survey.
Anovulation: treatment of folk remedies
Sometimes anovulation can be managed with the help of traditional medicine. However, it should be remembered that this is possible only in mild cases when it is enough to remove the stress factor and stabilize the hormonal background.
There is such a way: you need to brew 25 g of sage leaves with hot water (about 250 ml) and drink 45 ml at a time. Use the infusion 4 times a day. Begin treatment on the fifth day of the menstrual cycle. Sage contains phytoestrogens that are identical to the female hormone estrogen - due to this, ovulation is “boosted”.
Popular infusion boron uterus. It is best to brew it in a thermos at the rate of:
Insist medication 12 hours. Drink after meals 4 times a day (150 ml - this is three quarters of a glass).
Effective in not running cases, physiotherapy with anovulation. It:
- mud baths,
- magnetic therapy
Another popular folk remedy is a trip to the sea. Bathing in warm sea water and air baths filled with sunlight often set up hormonal levels even without medical intervention.
Laparoscopy for the treatment of anovulation
What do women who do not see the effect after mild supportive procedures (using herbs, physiotherapy) do? In difficult cases, doctors offer minimally invasive intervention - laparoscopy. This is a mini-operation that allows the egg to reach the tubes to meet with the sperm. The surgeon makes punctures in the abdominal cavity, through which neatly makes "notches" on the thickened capsule of the ovaries, providing the egg cell with the possibility of free exit in the next cycles.
The effect of the operation - 60-80% success, but usually does not last long, and the woman is recommended to become pregnant as soon as possible.
Laparoscopy often must be combined with other methods of treatment - the use of hormones.
What is the anovulatory cycle
But sometimes it happens that the middle of the cycle came up, and there are no characteristic signs of ovulation. Perhaps it’s just a matter of subjective feelings, but sometimes it means that a woman is faced with symptoms of anovulatory cycle.
Normally, starting from the first day of menstruation, several follicles mature in the ovaries. Then one of them is ahead of the others and releases an egg cell that is ready for conception. This is accompanied by significant changes in the body. And many women know what to look for in order to find the symptoms of ovulation.
Subjective symptoms of the anovulatory cycle
The lack of ovulation in the menstrual cycle has its own symptoms and signs:
Ideally, ovulation occurs right in the middle of the cycle. But for this, it must be clear and regular.
Under the influence of the increased content of follicle-stimulating hormone, the nature of vaginal secretions changes dramatically. They become abundant, transparent, volatile, similar to raw egg white. They last 2-3 days.
During ovulation a certain discomfort is possible: nagging pains in the pelvic area, especially from the side of the ovary in which the follicle has matured.
Possible menstruation delay. The delay period can vary from several days to weeks. Moreover, all pregnancy tests show a clear negative result.
Menstruation in this cycle goes somewhat differently: it can be more scarce, without characteristic pain or less painful, without increasing the sensitivity and swelling of the breasts and other symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Main disadvantage symptoms of anovulatory cycle - in their especial subjectivity. The menstrual cycle in women has different duration and manifestations. This also applies to manifestations of ovulation and menstrual syndrome. Therefore, relying on them to determine the optimal day for conceiving or as a measure of contraception is not entirely correct.
Medical diagnostics is considered more effective:
- Basal Temperature Measurement. In a normal cycle, the schedule will have a pronounced peak that coincides with the day of ovulation. Without it, it becomes single phase.
- Home Testsstripes to determine ovulation.
- Folliculometry- regular ultrasound of the ovaries during the menstrual cycle to monitor the maturation of the follicles.
- Determination of hormonal levels before and after ovulation.
Such methods make it possible to accurately track the occurrence of ovulation or to establish the fact of the past anovulatory cycle. If this was an isolated case - nothing terrible, but the regular absence of ovulation indicates a disease of the female reproductive system and can cause infertility.
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The reasons for the lack of ovulation
In healthy women, anovulatory cycles may occur several times a year when there is no egg release. They are caused by hormonal disorders, because the hormones control the ovulation process. The reasons for anovulation with a normal (initially) hormonal background are laid in its temporary fluctuations, sometimes very significant, caused by impaired functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian system, associated with nervous and physical overstrain, eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, adherence to strict diets), taking medications , consequences of acute and recurrent chronic pathologies, abrupt climate change, restructuring of the childbirth system and its transition to a new phase. Such periods include: pubertal (development of fertility), postpartum (breastfeeding period), premenopausal (extinction of fertility). The absence of ovulation due to temporary causes is physiological and does not require treatment.
Separate conversation requires anovulation caused by taking oral contraceptives. Their action is based on the disruption of the natural processes linking the hypothalamus, pituitary and ovaries. In most women, fertility is restored without problems when you stop taking birth control pills, but not all. It is very individual.
Pathological (chronic) anovulation is the regular absence of ovulation. The main reason for this is hormonal imbalance caused by dysfunction of the ovaries. Ovulatory dysfunction is most often observed in women with polycystic ovaries. Premature dystrophy of the ovaries, an excess or deficiency of estrogens, follitropin and luteotropin, a violation of their ratio can affect the mechanism of development of ovulation. Ovarian sclerocytosis, which is considered a complication of polycystic or dystrophy, is the formation of multiple small immature cysts with a dense membrane.
But anovulation due to a lack of progesterone raises questions. After all, progesterone deficiency can only be discussed in the second phase of the cycle, when ovulation has already occurred. If there was no ovulation, then low progesterone levels are normal. Insufficient production of progesterone is usually considered in the context of disorders of the menstrual cycle and the process of maturation of germ cells due to dysfunction of the ovaries. Isolated progesterone deficiency is almost never encountered, so progesterone therapy is being criticized and far from being recognized by all doctors, at least, by far.
Risk factors for ovulatory dysfunction - congenital abnormalities of the reproductive organs and their development, adrenal hyperplasia, an excess of prolactin or androgens, acute and chronic inflammatory processes of the pelvic organs (especially endometritis and endometriosis) transferred, venereal infections, thyroid function disorders, chronic obesity or dystrophy, bad habits, is not excluded the influence of autoimmune processes.
Pathogenetic links to the disruption of the ovulation process are the aforementioned reasons that upset the hormonal balance, resulting in a violation of the first phase of the ovulatory cycle at any stage - the maturation or release of an egg from the dominant follicle.
Polycystic ovary syndrome plays a major role in the pathogenesis of anovulation. In this case, the hypothalamic-pituitary and ovarian ovulatory mechanisms are violated. In the pathogenesis of sclerocystosis, as its complications, hyperproduction of folliotropin is also considered, contributing to the abnormal functioning of the ovaries and the formation of densely coated cysts instead of follicles, which makes ovulation impossible. Luteotropin deficiency is also considered.
Another hypothesis takes the first place hyperactivity of the adrenal cortex, impaired steroid secretion and estrogen deficiency, which upsets the process of follicle maturation, leads to the development of androgenital syndrome, anovulation and amenorrhea.
For the period of formation of fertility, anovulation is characteristic, due to an insufficient level of luteotropin, its production increases and reaches its peak values by the age of 15-16. Обратный процесс – уменьшение синтеза необходимых для овуляции гормонов происходит при угасании способности к деторождению (климактерический период).
In hypothalamic-pituitary disorders with an excess of prolactin, anovulation is a consequence of the inhibitory effect of it several times exceeding the normal amount directly on the ovaries, on the pituitary function of luteotropin production (does not reach the peak required for ovulation), the hypothalamic - gonadotropin-releasing hormone synthesis.
Neoplasms of hypothalamic localization and other neuroprocesses in the hypothalamus, fasting, a sharp decrease in body weight can provoke a decrease and even completely stop the production of gonadotropin-releasing hormones and with the normal content of prolactin.
The consequence of surgical intervention for pituitary adenoma, as well as radiation therapy may be the lack of ovulation due to a sharp decrease in the level of gonadotropic hormones. This also contributes to the excessive secretion of androgens.
Anovulation may be accompanied by a lack of menstruation or uterine bleeding, however, more often in women there is a single-phase (anovulatory) monthly cycle, which ends with menstrual-like bleeding. Failure affects the ovulatory phase, and the secretory and development of the yellow body does not occur at all. Virtually the entire single-phase cycle is the proliferation of endometrial cells, alternating with their necrosis and rejection. In the process of its occurrence in the ovaries occur completely different in nature and duration of the stages of development and regression of the follicle.
For anovulation, hyperestrogenia is more characteristic throughout the entire cycle, without changing to a progesterone effect in the second phase of the normal cycle. Although sometimes the level of estrogen is reduced, which affects the nature of changes in the endometrium - from hypo to hyperplastic, accompanied by the growth of glandular polyps.
Bleeding at the end of the anovulatory cycle is due to the regression of immature follicles, which, as a rule, is accompanied by a decrease in estrogen levels. The endometrial functional layer undergoes destructive changes — vascular permeability increases, effusions, hematomas, and tissue necrosis appear. The surface layer of the endometrium is rejected, causing bleeding. If this does not occur, bleeding of a diapedemic nature occurs as a result of the migration of red blood cells through the vessel lining.
Every third case of female infertility, according to statistics, is caused by a lack of ovulation. In turn, the leading cause of this dysfunction gynecologists call polycystic ovary, which is diagnosed no more than every tenth of the fair sex of childbearing age. At the same time, external signs of polycystic are detected by ultrasound of the ovaries of women of fertile age twice as often. But the clinical picture corresponding to the polycystic ovary syndrome is not found in everyone.
Ovarian sclerocytosis is diagnosed in three to five percent of gynecological pathologies, one third of cases is accompanied by persistent infertility.
Symptoms of lack of ovulation
Basically, women will find out about the absence of ovulation when their desire to become a mother is not realized. After several fruitless attempts to get pregnant, most women go to the doctor to find out what is wrong with them. Therefore, the main symptom of anovulation is the inability to become pregnant. Sometimes with anovulation there is amenorrhea (after strong experiences, regular exhausting exercise, strict diets and fasting). However, most women still have menstrual periods with anovulation, more precisely bleeding, which a woman takes for menstruation, since the difference is not felt either in their periodicity, or in quantitative (blood loss), or in qualitative (well-being of woman during this period) relation. Anovulation with regular menses is not uncommon, but rather even the norm.
Uterine hemorrhages do not always differ in regularity, however, women interpret this as a change in the duration of the cycle and usually take the time to see a doctor.
Hyperestrogenia is characterized by heavy and prolonged bleeding. Their result may be the development of anemia (anemia), accompanied by its symptoms - weakness, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, pale skin, dryness and brittle hair and nails.
Estrogen deficiency (hypoestrogenism) is characterized by scant monthly discharge and its short duration. There may be amenorrhea, which may indicate sclerocystic disease. On ultrasound in this case there are enlarged or shrunken ovary, necessarily covered with lumpy formations with contours of cysts. Male type hair growth, underdevelopment of the uterus and mammary glands, excess weight. The presence of all symptoms is optional. Symptoms of general malaise may occur - sleep disturbance, libido, golovnye pain, weakness, lethargy, fatigue.
The first signs of anovulation are not too obvious, the most noticeable of them - the absence of menstruation is not often observed. However, such symptoms as irregularity, a change in the amount of discharge (oligomenorrhea), the absence of habitual signs of approaching menstruation (pre-regional syndrome) or a noticeable decrease in them, and no increase in basal body temperature in the proposed second phase of the cycle should alert.
Anxiety symptoms can be hirsutism (excessive growth of androgen-dependent hair), a significant change in body weight over a short period of time, light discharge from the nipples (hyperprolactinemia), and mood swings.
Sometimes it is necessary to be very attentive to yourself and your body in order to notice problems with the monthly ovulatory cycle and seek medical help on time, and not in an advanced stage.
There are the following types of lack of ovulation, depending on the cause of it: physiological and pathological anovulation. The first includes periods of fertility adjustment - adolescence, postpartum, and the period of its extinction.
Anovulatory cycles can occur in any woman during periods of very high loads, due to nutritional causes, acute diseases and exacerbations of chronic ones. Often they are simply not noticed, sometimes, if the reasons that caused them are substantial and long-lasting, the woman’s menstruation may stop or the frequency and intensity of her changes. With the elimination of the stress factor for the organism, the state of a woman usually returns to normal.
With pathological anovulation, the absence of a second phase of the menstrual cycle occurs regularly. Chronic anovulation is necessarily accompanied by persistent infertility and is often found during attempts to realize its maternal function. The expressed symptoms for the chronic form of lack of ovulation are not characteristic, monthly bleeding is usually regular. One can suspect this pathology in general by measuring the basal temperature. Pathological anovulation is subject to compulsory treatment if a woman plans to have children.
Complications and consequences
Regular lack of ovulation can lead to aggravation of hormonal imbalance, impaired ovarian function, even if anovulation was caused by other reasons, because the whole hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis is involved in the process.
As a result of chronic anovulation with hyperestrogenism, profuse uterine bleeding develops, leading to impaired blood formation and anemia. Refusal of treatment usually leads to persistent infertility.
Diagnosis of lack of ovulation
It is possible to establish at home whether ovulation proceeds normally in two ways: by measuring the basal temperature over several menstrual cycles and plotting its schedule, and also by applying the rapid ovulation test purchased at a pharmacy.
The temperature graph of the anovulatory cycle has the form of a monotonous curve, less often - a broken line, all indicators of the schedule do not exceed 37.
The express test registers peak content of luteotropin in the urine before ovulation, if ovulation does not occur, then there is no jump in this indicator.
If there are suspicions of ovulatory dysfunction, it is necessary to consult a specialist and undergo a thorough diagnostic examination. Medical genetic counseling is recommended for all patients with anovulation, it may be necessary to consult an endocrinologist.
In addition to the usual medical interviews and classic clinical tests, specific tests are made to determine the hormonal status of the woman to determine the general state of health of the woman.
The most accurate picture of the extent and nature of ovulatory disorders is provided by the serum levels of prolactin and gonadotropic hormones (follicle-stimulating and luteinizing).
The increased content of serum prolactin involves the consultation of an endocrinologist and a blood test for plasma concentrations of TSH, T4, T3 (thyroid hormones).
When violations of the coordinated work of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland and the normal content of prolactin, serum levels of follitropin, luteotropin, estradiol may be normal (normogonadotropic anovulation) or lowered (hypogonadotropic anovulation).
In the case of ovarian anovulation, the follitropin content significantly (four to five times or more) exceeds the normal value. The assumption of such an origin of anovulation makes it necessary to prescribe a minimally invasive diagnosis - ovarian biopsy using a laparoscope, as well as - immunological tests for the detection of autoantibodies to ovarian tissues.
An increase in the serum concentration of luteotropin, in particular, the ratio of its level to the content of follitropin, supported by appropriate symptoms, suggests the presence of polycystic ovary syndrome.
Low serum progesterone levels in ovulatory dysfunction in the second phase of the cycle (when this second phase is determined depending on the individual cycle and not according to the standard scheme on the 21st day), as well as the absence of secretory changes resulting from diagnostic curettage (scraping endometrium).
Indicators of serum concentration of estradiol can be greatly reduced (oligomenorrhea) or correspond to the norm with regular anovulatory cycles.
The progesterone test is used as an alternative to the previous analysis: the body's response to intramuscular administration of progesterone for seven to ten days can confirm sufficient estrogen saturation (within two to five days after the course uterine menstrual-like bleeding occurs) and insufficient - the result is negative.
The patient’s androgenic status is assessed, and in the case of increased levels of male sex hormones, a dexamethasone test is prescribed to clarify the origin of hyperandrogenism.
A PCR analysis can also be performed for infections transmitted through sexual contact.
From hardware studies, in the first place, the patient is prescribed an ultrasound during anovulation. An ultrasound on the computer monitor shows the absence of a dominant follicle. In polycystic ovary syndrome, more follicles mature at once than necessary, it is impossible to single out the dominant of them, and also they do not fully mature, but turn into cysts, with which the ovary “grows”. A similar picture is seen in the uzist with multifollicular ovaries. Differentiation is carried out on the analysis of hormonal levels.
Other instrumental diagnostics may be required - ultrasound and radiography of the mammary glands, brain tomography, examination of the thyroid gland.
Why ovulation does not occur
At the time of planning a pregnancy, each woman expects to conduct mating during the period of the intended ovulation. However, at this point, the egg does not always come out. The reasons for this are different, in some cases the absence of ovulation is a physiological process that does not require treatment. These include the following periods:
- menopause (menopause)
- postpartum period
- the two-year period of the formation of ovarian function after the onset of the first menstrual periods,
- during and 2–3 months after taking contraceptive drugs.
As well as the norm is the absence of the ovulatory process 2-3 times a year. Because of this, when identifying the causes of anovulation, it is recommended to carry out diagnostics for 3 cycles.
Sometimes after laparoscopy, due to a postponed abortion, and after a miscarriage, there may also be no ovulation within 1–2 months.
There are pathological reasons, which include:
- brain diseases, especially dysfunction of the pituitary gland,
- gynecological diseases
- multifollicular ovaries,
- problems with the endocrine system, especially with the thyroid gland,
- congenital malformations of the pelvic organs.
We should also say about obesity, since anovulation in this case is a rather frequent phenomenon. This is often associated with impaired hormone production. Lack of weight also leads to system malfunction, as there is a shortage of resources for hormone production.
Additional factors that adversely affect the formation of the egg, include stressful situations of a temporary or permanent nature, excessive exercise and taking antidepressants, hormonal or other drugs. All these factors contribute to the suppression of the hormone responsible for the "maturation" of the egg. Because of this, the normal functioning of the ovaries is impossible. But as soon as such factors are eliminated, over the next few months, the work of the female body returns to normal, triggering processes that promote conception. In rare cases, medical treatment is necessary.
Reliably find out the reason why there is no ovulation, can only be with the help of ultrasound. The doctor checks the presence in the ovary of the egg or corpus luteum. If the cell has not left yet, the diagnosis is repeated after 2 days. If the ultrasound showed that there is no corpus luteum, this can mean two options: either ovulation has not yet begun, or one should talk about anovulation.
How to determine the absence of ovulation
The first thing that a woman pays attention to is unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child, even if her period is due. Another sign can be seen when in the intended ovulatory period there are no secretions and sensations characteristic of ovulation - a viscous consistency (similar to egg white), slight pain in the side, swelling of the mammary glands, headache (if present).
If there is no monthly or irregular discharge, and pregnancy does not occur, it is also a signal about the violation of the reproductive system. In this case, the appeal to the doctor should be immediate.
There are other signs of lack of ovulation, for example, measurement of basal body temperature shows no changes, but this method cannot be relied on, since it is not always reliable. In addition, the observation must be conducted within 3 months.
Some believe that the detection of the absence of ovulation tests more reliably, however, even this method does not always work. But as an alternative to the definition of anovulation at home can also be used.
An additional way to determine that there is no ovulation, and to learn about the violations of the pelvic organs can be on the appearance of a woman. For example, if there is polycystic ovarian disease or problems with the adrenal glands, acne, body hair of the limbs and face, or obesity may begin.
More accurately identify and find the reason why there is no ovulation, only a doctor can. First you need to pass tests for hormone levels. The most accurate method for determining failures in the urogenital system is ultrasound. Diagnosis is done for 3 months to accurately determine the change in the processes occurring in the body.
Why there is no ovulation with regular monthly
Monthly without ovulation - the phenomenon is quite frequent. Mostly safely, this happens at a very early age, at the time of the hormonal background. That is, if there is no ovulation after the first menstrual period, this is the norm. This can last from 1 to 2 years.
And also anovulation with regular menstruation is observed at the age of over 35 years. Such manifestations occur 1–3 times a year, and with age, their number increases, approaching menopause.
If the lack of ovulation with regular menstruation is observed at a later age, the reasons should be sought in the work of the organs.
Characteristic signs of ovarian dysfunction in the presence of menstruation:
- changing the length of the menstrual cycle
- there are periodic monthly delays,
- in the period of menstruation there is a large blood loss or discharge is very scarce,
- premenstrual syndrome becomes more pronounced.
If there are signs of lack of ovulation with regular periods, you need to be examined to determine the cause. These changes can speak not only of hormonal disturbances, but also warn of more serious diseases - cancers, hereditary pathologies, and so on.
Может ли быть овуляция без месячных
Не стоит думать, будто выход яйцеклетки и месячные настолько связаны, что не могут существовать друг без друга. Очень часто бывает, когда при отсутствии менструации женщина беременеет, что является подтверждением наличия овуляции.
The main reasons for having ovulation without menstruation include:
- lactation period
- irregular monthly cycle
- ovarian dysfunction,
- gynecological pathology,
- polycystic ovaries,
- excess or lack of weight.
Variable factors can be physical overload, stressful situations, unhealthy diet and taking contraceptive drugs.
Can I get pregnant without ovulation?
Regardless of the fact that there are a lot of controversy on the Internet on this issue, the answer here will be unequivocal: it is impossible to get pregnant without ovulation.
It was so invented by mother nature that an egg cell must necessarily come out to conceive a woman. If it is not there, then no magic, herbs, frog legs and other methods of traditional medicine will help. Only after treatment can we talk about the possibility of becoming pregnant.
At home, you can keep a schedule of basal temperature, which, however, may fail, and not always in the anovulatory cycle will show reliable information. But it will help determine whether there is suspicion of lack of ovulation. After that, only a medical examination will give reliable results.
If the ovulatory function is impaired and there is no way to restore it, an extracorporeal (artificial) fertilization (IVF) is suggested, where the egg cell can be replaced with a donor one.
What to do if there is no ovulation
When there is no ovulation, do not immediately panic, because the reasons for this may be different. First you need to make sure that this factor is really present - to test or measure the basal temperature. For example, a pregnancy could occur, which the test will also help to identify.
If you have noticed a violation of ovulation, self-diagnosis and self-treatment is strictly prohibited.
It is best to immediately contact a gynecologist, who will appoint an examination:
- Vaginal secretion analysis (swab)
- Ultrasound of the pelvic organs,
- A blood test for the presence of hormones necessary to start the ovulatory period,
- Complete blood count to detect the presence of inflammatory processes,
- Cytological examination.
If the reasons are not so significant, the doctor will prescribe stimulating drugs. These usually include hormonal drugs, such asDuphaston, Klostilbegit, Puregon and others, often prescribed not only in the absence of ovulation, but also pregnant. Such drugs are analogues of the hormone progesterone, derived artificially. It is this hormone that triggers the ovulatory process in the female body.
If anovulation does not last long and has no serious reasons, the doctor may prescribe treatment with folk remedies, but you should not use them yourself, only under supervision. Among the most common treatments are decoctions and teas from tea rose petals, sage or freshly squeezed aloe vera juice, quince.
In the case of organ diseases, you must first carry out the appropriate treatment, and then apply ovulation stimulants. But often their use is not required, since the restoration of organs independently leads to the establishment of a reproductive system.
If only treatment is not enough to get pregnant, apply hormone therapy. In more serious cases, gonadotropins are prescribed. In case of failure of such treatment, women are offered IVF.
Statistics say that 70% of women with the problem of lack of ovulation, after a timely visit to a gynecologist and correct medical treatment, restore the ability to conceive in their bodies. Therefore, if there is no ovulation with regular periods, you should definitely visit the medical institution to identify the causes of the cycle and receive treatment.
Signs of no ovulation
Ovulation occurs in the ovaries in women after the follicle with the egg matures under the influence of pituitary and ovarian hormones by the 15-17 day of the menstrual cycle. It is problematic to learn about the onset of this phase, since the rupture of follicular tissue is not accompanied by pain or bleeding, there are few indirect signs by which this period can be determined: an increase in the volume of colorless secretions, increased libido, edema, and others.
About the lack of ovulation and signs of this problem every girl should know, especially when planning a pregnancy, prescribing oral contraceptives and taking certain medications. Symptoms that indicate non-onset of the ovulatory phase are presented below.
- No change in basal temperature (after ovulation, it should rise by 0.5-1.2 degrees).
- No changes in the composition of vaginal discharge (with the onset of ovulation, they should become thicker and acquire a milky white color).
- Constant size and density of the mammary glands (at the beginning of the ovulatory phase, the breast should increase and become more dense - bend).
- The delay of menstruation or the onset of heavy and very painful menstruation (if ovulation occurs, the hormones of the corpus luteum regulate bleeding, making them not too abundant so as not to weaken the mother before pregnancy).
These signs will indicate a lack of ovulation, so every girl should know them. If the menstrual cycle is already a long period without the ovulatory phase, then there is:
- violation of cyclical periods or their complete cessation,
- the appearance of lesions on the skin
- a sharp jump in weight
- appearance of hair on the face and body.
In the female body, nature laid down when ovulation should start and how long it will last: it happens on the 15-17 day cycle and lasts for 4-6 days - at this time the egg must meet with the sperm and connect with it. But there are situations when fertilization cannot occur for physiological reasons:
- pregnancy and lactation,
- after menopause,
- when taking oral contraceptives.
If a woman is already pregnant or has just given birth and is breastfeeding a baby, ovulation should not occur in her body, because fertilization of an egg during this period will not bring the desired result, and the body does not need to waste resources. Therefore, the menstrual cycle during this period changes, the ovulatory phase and menstruation stop.
Menopause is a period that occurs in women between 45 and 50 years old, since then the menstrual cycle is changed, their hormones change so that the body stops secreting active substances that affect follicular development, and ovulation stops.
When ovulation occurs, a woman can most likely become pregnant, and when taking oral contraceptives under the influence of hormones in their composition, the menstrual cycle is adjusted so that the ovulatory phase is reduced to a minimum of 12-72 hours, while the thickening of the endometrium is also suppressed.
Often, girls do not have ovulation for physiological, but for pathological reasons, for example:
- drastic weight loss on strict diets
- exceeding or understating the BMI
- diseases of the reproductive system
- hormonal imbalance,
- ovarian dysfunction, pituitary gland malfunction.
Dramatic weight loss and non-normalized BMI (body mass index) affects not only the metabolism and appearance, but also violates the secretion of hormones, follicle maturation, prevents normal fertilization and fetal development. If a girl has anorexia or obesity, in her body such active substances as progesterone and FSH are synthesized in insufficient quantities, so ovulation may not occur.
Inflammatory, infectious, or cancer diseases of the reproductive system disrupt ovarian function, weaken the immune system — all of which adversely affect the flow of the menstrual cycle and can provoke anovulation.
Ovarian dysfunction can lead to insufficient excretion of progesterone and estrogen, and in non-functioning organs are also more likely not to be able to properly support the development of eggs in the follicles. Incorrect work of the pituitary gland will lead to a lack of FSH - an active substance that provokes the growth of follicular tissue.