What Is Anovulation?

My doctor says I’m anovulatory. What does that mean?
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ByKaylen M. Silverberg, MD, clinical assistant professor, department of obstetrics and gynecology, division of reproductive endocrinology/infertility, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and reproductive endocrinologist with Texas Fertility Center in Austin, Texas
OB-GYN
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Mar 2017
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Most women who are  trying to conceive are intimately familiar with  ovulation — that time of the cycle when an egg goes “pop!” (and says “fertilize me!”). Anovulation is the opposite issue: It’s a med-speak way of saying you’re not ovulating, or producing eggs.

A large percentage of women who seek fertility help do so because they’re not ovulating. There’s no one single cause of the problem; it can be due to everything from low or high thyroid production to an endocrine disorder or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Usually there’s something going on with the complex hormonal communication chain that kicks off ovulation each month. Women who are anovulatory often have irregular periods or simply stop having periods altogether. The good news is that in many cases medication (such as Clomid) can help kick-start your body back into its regular egg-production mode so you’ll start producing those eggs on a consistent basis.

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