Most women fail to track their ovulation and so do not know when they have developed anovulation. If you are to detect an anovulatory cycle in order to get pregnant, you have to keep track of your ovulation cycle and know what symptoms to look out for. The general symptom which every woman looks out for is the absence of their period which most of the times can be deceptive as women who are victims of anovulation still see blood that makes it seem like they are having a real period.
This is so because heavy bleeding might occur for a woman with an anovulatory cycle because of a fall in estrogen levels. It can also be due to an insufficient production of progesterone; a hormone which maintains regular periods in a woman’s body. It could also be as a result of the shedding of a build-up in the uterine lining which could no longer hold. Therefore, a woman should study her ovulation cycle as well as her menstrual cycle very well in order to spot the difference between her normal menstrual cycle and an abnormal one. Some of the obvious symptoms of anovulatory cycle might include:
- Absence of ovulation
- Sometimes, absence of periods can actually mean that an anovulatory cycle has occurred
- Irregular periods which can be late for up to 10 days or more than 10 days
- Short menstrual cycle of less than 25 days
- Absence of the normal fluctuations in the body temperature which a woman experiences during ovulation.
Most times, an anovulatory cycle can be diagnosed by your doctor in hospital. Therefore, a visit to your doctor when you notice certain changes in your ovulation or menstrual cycle will go a long way to detect anovulation on time.
Having an anovulatory cycle diagnosed is a lot easier when there is an absence of periods or when the periods are irregular. But you will need your doctor’s help in certain cases. Doctors are very helpful because with their help you can check certain things in your body that influences your ovulation. These things include:
- Your uterine lining.
- Your progesterone and estrogen levels
- Your blood to look out for the presence of certain antibodies.
Your doctor might also carry out an ultrasound on you to scan your ovaries and uterus for any abnormalities or damage. Some other times your urine is used to test for when your next ovulation will be. This helps you find out whether you will be experiencing an anovulatory cycle or not.
The ultrasound which is carried out most times by an ob-gyn helps to take a closer look at follicle and confirm if it is ripening or not. It also looks at your endometrial lining, checks for abnormal characteristics and so on. These processes can be completely checked out under 2 to 3 days in 3 to 4 sessions.
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