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A 34-year-old member asked:

Are irregular periods a sign of infertility?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
In a way, yes: Irregular periods can happen for a number of reasons. Generally speaking, if you miss a period that means a mid cycle ovulation did not take place which in turn means no chance for the egg to be fertilized by a sperm. Check with your doctor if further testing is needed to ensure your ovaries are in good shape and that all the hormones necessary to regulate your cycle are intact. Diary will help.
Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
Yes: Irregular periods often mean it can be harder to become pregnant, either from lack of ovulation, irregular ovulation, or poor quality of ovulation. There are often easy ways to fix that, but at age 35 you certainly want to make sure that the cause of the periods being irregular is not because the ovaries are working less.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
No ovulation!: Irregular periods are caused when your body's signals for ovulation and menstruation get confused by hormonal imbalances that can be related to your thyroid (TSH), pituitary (LH/FSH/prolactin), ovaries (estrogen/progesterone). Many external factors can affect the hormones: malnutrition, stress, obesity, for example. Hormonal contraception can help to regulate your periods, which is healthier.

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A 32-year-old female asked:

Does irregular periods cause infertility?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
Infertility ?'s: Irregular periods may indicate delayed ovulation on occasion, which can statistically diminish one's chances of conceiving. See your gyn physician for an exam, testing. A "ovulation test" can help you determine when fertility is optimal.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Does irregular periods pose a symptom of infertility?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe: Some people with irregular periods are not ovulating. If that is the case for you fertility will be an issue. Othertimes people just ovulate irregularly and they probably won't have any trouble getting pregnant, it just might take more time to figure out when they are ovulating and are fertile
A 31-year-old member asked:

Do you think having irregular periods are the main cause of infertility?

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Dr. Kenneth Spielvogel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Infertility: Irregular periods can be a sign of inconsistent ovulation. It could also be the result of disorders of the Thyroid, Prolactin, or other hormones. You could also have elements of PCOS. Consult your physician for further advice/work up

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