At IVF Plano, Dr. James Douglas evaluates patients to identify why they cannot conceive so that he can recommend the appropriate treatment and help them conceive. Female infertility can be caused by a variety of factors, including ovulation dysfunction. When ovulation doesn’t occur regularly or fails to happen at all, Dr. Douglas may diagnose ovulation dysfunction.
What is ovulation dysfunction?
During a typical menstrual cycle, a woman’s body prepares to release an egg so that fertilization can occur. In the early part of a cycle, the female body produces hormones to thicken the uterine lining and it prepares the egg for ovulation. Approximately two weeks into the cycle, about day 14, an ovary will release the egg so that it can travel to the fallopian tubes for fertilization and then move into the uterus for implantation. Ovulation dysfunction occurs when a woman experiences a lack of normal, regular ovulation.
Who suffers from ovulation dysfunction?
In about 20 percent of couples dealing with infertility, ovulation dysfunction is the culprit. One of the main causes of ovulation dysfunction is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition that can impact a woman’s hormone levels, weight and menstrual cycles. Women under extreme stress, those suffering from eating disorders and individuals with thyroid issues may also face ovulation issues
.How is ovulation dysfunction diagnosed?