Our Manhattan fertility center physician clarifies how anovulation impacts fertility
Ovulatory dysfunction accounts for 30-40% of infertility cases. Any interruption to a woman’s cycle, and specifically to ovulation, can hinder chances for conception. When patients visit our Manhattan fertility center because they can’t get pregnant, Dr. Joel Batzofin will recommend tests to determine if anovulation, or lack of ovulation, is involved.
Once he identifies the cause of infertility, Dr. Batzofin can suggest treatment to correct the problem.
Common causes of anovulation explained by our Manhattan fertility center expert
During a regular menstrual cycle, the ovaries produce and release an egg so that fertilization can occur. Sometimes, our Manhattan fertility center physician discovers disruptors to this normal process. Typically, ovulation becomes irregular, or stops altogether, because of the following culprits:
- Hormone imbalances
- Premature ovarian failure
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Rapid weight gain or weight loss
- Eating disorders
- Excessive stress
- Too much exercise
How we confirm ovulatory dysfunction
As part of your initial fertility work-up, Dr. Batzofin will review your medical history, including age of first menses and current regularity of your cycles. These details will help him understand if you have experienced any lighter than usual cycles or have missed periods altogether. Additionally, he may ask you to track your cycle for a month using an ovulation calendar or by monitoring your basal body temperature. After gathering all the information, our Manhattan fertility center expert will likely order blood tests to check your hormone levels for further confirmation.
Treatment options for addressing anovulation
Dr. Batzofin usually looks at the reason behind anovulation before recommending a specific action plan. In some cases, lifestyle changes can correct the issue if the disruption was caused by outside factors. Maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising regularly and managing stress will often allow your menstrual cycles to normalize again.
When hormonal issues or underlying medical conditions interrupt ovulation, our Manhattan fertility center physician may suggest fertility drug therapies such as Clomiphene (Clomid). Gonadotropin injections can also help induce ovulation. Because these hormones may overstimulate the ovaries, we will monitor your cycle with blood tests and sonograms.
For patients who don’t achieve ovulation with this assistance, Dr. Batzofin may discuss more advanced infertility treatment such as IVF.
If you have experienced symptoms of ovulatory dysfunction, contact our Manhattan fertility center office. With proper testing, Dr. Batzofin can identify the underlying issues and recommend the appropriate treatment. Call our office to learn more about our PCOS clinic or to schedule a consultation appointment.