Women who have irregular periods or abnormal ovulation seem to have a decreased rate of fertility. Actually, about 30-40 percent of all infertility cases are because of female irregular periods and female ovulation problems in general. In fact, women who are having irregular periods that are very close together or who are not having periods at all are not ovulating. This is called “Anovulation” which can leave a profound effect on fertility.
On the other hand, a woman with irregular periods or ovulation problems can take some fertility medications in order to increase the frequency of periods and the rate of fertility. However, there are some conditions that cause those irregular periods. So, you can regulate your periods in order to have a raised chance of becoming a mom just if you treat an underlying adrenal gland, pituitary gland, or thyroid conditions. All of these conditions have been discovered to have a close relation to ovulation. You have to realize that if you don’t treat those conditions, you’re losing your chances of getting pregnant as you still not ovulating even if you’re taking some fertility treatments.
Ovulation Problems, Irregular Periods and Pregnancy
After seeing the doctor and making all the needed tests, if your doctor determined that you’re infertile because of the irregular periods you are having due to a medical condition, it’s highly recommended to take care of this medical problem. However, if the doctor has determined that there isn’t an obvious reason why you’re not ovulating, your doctor will give you some medications in order to stimulate ovulation.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a very common problem because of the irregular periods that deeply affecting fertility. A study found that about 5-10 percent of women will have polycystic ovarian syndrome at some point in their productive years. It can cause all of the irregular periods by producing a hormonal imbalance that can directly interfere with the ovarian and its functions. However, the ovaries can develop various cysts, it won’t mature and won’t release an egg.
In addition, to cause all of the irregular periods, the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can lead to the following symptoms:
- Absence of periods
- Elevated triglyceride and cholesterol levels
- Prediabetes or type 2 diabetes from insulin resistance
- Weight gain and obesity
- Male pattern baldness
- Oily skin and acne
- Hirsutism (excessive hair growth in abnormal places)
Getting Pregnant with Ovulation Problems
The moment your doctor determines other medical conditions, he or she may prescribe some fertility drugs to stimulate your ovulation. Usually, some drugs contain both of Clomid and Serophene (Clomiphene) which are the first option as they were prescribed for women for decades thanks to their amazing effectiveness.
Unlike many of the infertility drugs, this drug also has the advantage of being taken orally instead of by injection. It is used to encourage ovulation and to correct irregular ovulation by increasing egg recruitment by the ovaries.
Depending on your situation, your doctor may also suggest other fertility drugs such as Gonal-F or other injectable hormones in order to stimulate follicles and stimulate egg development in the ovaries.