Ovulation disorders affect a woman’s hormone system and her patterns of ovulation, the process by which the ovaries of a woman release eggs during her menstrual cycle.1 Ovulation disorders can cause infrequent and irregular ovulation, as well as the absence of ovulation, which is a common cause of irregular menstrual cycles.2
Some medications, conditions and lifestyle factors can affect hormone levels and cause an ovulation disorder.3
If you are trying to get pregnant over a period of 12 months having regular intercourse and you have irregular periods, you might suffer from Ovulation Disorders. Contact your gynecologist to identify, if Ovulation Disorders might be the cause of your infertility.4
Some ovulation disorders can be diagnosed with an examination, medical history and menstrual history, others may require a blood test.4 Based on the symptoms that a woman presents doctors will test for different hormone levels.4 Ultrasonography should be performed to diagnose ovulation disorders.4
Most ovulation disorders can be treated with lifestyle changes or medication. A doctor may recommend healthy nutrition, fertility medications or stress reduction.4
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4. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 194: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Correction. (2020). Obstetrics & Gynecology, 136(3), 638.