When a woman is not regularly ovulating, her menstrual periods are irregular in timing and can be heavy or prolonged in duration. Some women’s periods may be totally absent. Where ovulation is impaired, a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant naturally can be greatly reduced.
Regular ovulation requires normal structure and function of the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and ovary. Disturbances of other organ systems like the thyroid and adrenal glands can inhibit ovulation. Stress, exercise, eating disorders, genetic conditions and systemic illnesses can also cause ovulation disorders. The first step is to determine why a woman is not regularly ovulating and the second is to find a solution for the problem.