As long as you have ovaries and are not in menopause you must be ovulating. Whether you are trying to conceive or not, you must ovulate in every menstrual cycle.
Ovulation is the sign of healthy ovaries. In fact, you whole menstrual cycle is built for this specific purpose, to ovulate.
Poor ovulation or a lack of ovulation is one of the biggest contributing factors to irregular periods and infertility. About 70% of Women who experience excessive, prolonged, missing or irregular periods have a problem with their ovulation phase.
The most important thing is to establish whether you ovulate or not and there are two simple methods you can use to confirm if you ovulate and if you ovulate regularly.
Some hormone related causes of poor or infrequent ovulation
- Low oestrogen
- Insufficient LH (luteinising hormone)
- Excess oestrogen
- High FSH(follicle stimulating hormone)
- High prolactin
- High Testosterone
- Insulin resistance
If you suspect that you have anovulation or infrequent ovulation, have your health practitioner run tests on the above hormones.
Signs that you are not ovulating or have trouble with your ovulation phase
- Ovarian cysts
- PCOS(polycystic ovarian syndrome)
- LUFS (luteinised unruptured follicle syndrome)
- Absent period (amenorrhea)
- Prolonged periods (this can be light bleeding for weeks even months or absent periods followed by excessive/heavy bleeding)
Checking your cervical mucus and basal body temperature are two very simple and effective ways to understand your ovulation phase and any irregularities around it. This menstrual tracking chart will help gather information about your menstrual cycle and and ovulation patterns.
How to improve your ovulation phase
Tribulus and White Peony are two herbs that help to naturally improve ovarian health and promote ovulation. They are also used in the treatment of ovarian cysts, PCOS and infertility.
NB: do not use Tribulus or White Peony while on any hormonal treatment of fertility medications like clomid or fertomid