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what do the terms anovulation and ovulation mean?

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Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Ovulation yes or no: Anovulation means that no egg is released. Ovulation means that an egg is released.
Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
Terminology: Ovulation refers to the release of an oocyte (egg, ) usually around the mid-cycle, from a woman's ovary. Anovulation simply means the absence of ovulation, or not ovulating. There is a wide range of ovulatory dysfunction between these two extremes, involving ovulations that may be unpredictable, infrequent, and in other ways abnormal.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

After I was diagnosed as having endometriosis, I was told that I have inadequate ovulation. How common is this?

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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
Common: First of all, assessing the quality of ovulation (as opposed to whether ovulation occurs) can be difficult and variable. But endometriosis can affect the ovaries and affect the environment in which eggs grow. So your hormones production can be impacted.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you ovulate if you have amenorrhea?

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Dr. Andrea Knittel
Dr. Andrea Knittelanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Sometimes: Although amenorrhea often signals that ovulation isn't happening, you shouldn't assume that you can't get pregnant just because you aren't having regular periods. If you are trying to get pregnant, and have questions about your cycle, you should see a healthcare provider. Similarly, if you aren't having periods and you did previously, you should get checked out!
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How do I calculate my ovulation day?

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Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Day 14-15: Counting the first day of menstrual flow as day 1, most women with regular cycles ovulate on day 14-15. Irregular cycles are much tougher to time prospectively. Best solution is to consider fertility medications to help regulate cycles, using ultrasound to time ovulation. Shorter cycles can indicate problems with ovarian reserve or with the uterus, and should be discussed with an expert.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Which natural remedies can I take for anovulation?

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Dr. Scott Roseff
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
There are several...: Some natural therapies may work, depending on why someone is not ovulating. For example, if it's due to pcos, then weight loss may help (if overweight). Acupuncture has helped some of my patients.. If it's anovulation due to anorexia, being too thin, or exercising too much, then weight gain may help (along with decreasing exercise). I hope this helps!
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to not have a period if you ovulated normal?

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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: Usually if ovulation occurs and no menstrual cycle follows you are probably pregnant. If you are not pregnant then either the lining of the uterine wall has scarring or the cervix is scarred closed or the vagina is blocked.

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