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What do the terms anovulation and ovulation mean?

What do the terms anovulation and ovulation mean?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Chenette
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Ovulation (Definition)

Ovulation is the act of the ovary releasing the egg after it has been hormonally prepared, to be ...Read more


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I've done blood test and it shows that I have anovulation. I was prescribed with Clomid (clomiphene) to help me ovulate for 3 cycles. Is Clomid (clomiphene) safe for long term?

I've done blood test and it shows that I have anovulation. I was prescribed with Clomid (clomiphene) to help me ovulate for 3 cycles. Is Clomid (clomiphene) safe for long term?

Yes but with limits: Clomid (clomiphene) is not a medication you will be taking long term. You only take it for 5 days during a month typically. Having said that, it has been around a long time and there is no data to suggest it is not safe. There are no definite long term risks. There is no absolute number but if it hasn't worked for you after 6-8 cycles then it's time to move on to a different treatment. ...Read more

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My pregnancy ended with miscarriage and d&c. 34 days later had period. 6 days later i ovulated. Was that likely an anovulation then true ovulation?

My pregnancy ended with miscarriage and d&c. 34 days later had period. 6 days later i ovulated. Was that likely an anovulation then true ovulation?

Difficult to predict: It is not uncommon to have an irregular cycle or an abnormal ovulation while your bodies hormones are becoming synchronized. ...Read more

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My fsh/lh hormone is anovulation.. and my doctor is putting me on progesterone... is that a good thing to get me OVULATING???

My  fsh/lh hormone is anovulation.. and my doctor is putting me on progesterone... is that a good thing to get me OVULATING???

Won't help ovulation: Progesterone can be used to make you have 'withdrawal bleeding' so that you shed the lining of your uterus, to prevent a thick lining or pre-cancerous changes in the lining. Progesterone won't help you to ovulate (release an egg) - if you're trying to conceive with irregular periods or no periods, see a fertility specialist for help. ...Read more

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Age 20 w/ pcos+anovulation. Ovulated last cycle on just metformin+provera . Now taking 50mg Clomid (clomiphene) cd5-9. Chances of ovulating this cycle? Conceiving?

Age 20 w/ pcos+anovulation. Ovulated last cycle on just metformin+provera . Now taking 50mg Clomid (clomiphene) cd5-9. Chances of ovulating this cycle? Conceiving?

Varies: About 75% of women with pcos will ovulate with clomid (clomiphene). About 75% of them will conceive with in the first 4 cycles. Some of the others will eventually conceive if they continue to ovulate with the clomid (clomiphene). ...Read more

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I ve never been late on my period.was trying to conceive and found out NT ovulating.dr pres Clomid (clomiphene) and GT preg on 1st cyc.no pcos.why anovulation?

I ve never been late  on my period.was trying to conceive and found out NT ovulating.dr pres Clomid (clomiphene) and GT preg on 1st cyc.no pcos.why anovulation?

See details: You say you have never been late. Make sure your menses are regular i.e. first day to first day is the same each cycle. If you are, it would require testing to determine why. Check with your doctor to see if he performed any tests other than checking for ovulation. By the way, what was your lack of ovulation based on? A mid-luteal progesterone? ...Read more

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Spotting day 10/11, + OPK day 17/18, spotting day 19/20/21, BBT temp still not risen. Ovulated yet? What's happening? Not experienced annovulation

Spotting day 10/11, + OPK day 17/18, spotting day 19/20/21, BBT temp still not risen. Ovulated yet? What's happening? Not experienced annovulation

Maybe: Best test for ovulation is a blood Progesterone level of > 3 ng/ml. Other than pregnancy (which is proof positive) the other tests are less specific. I think that bbts are kinda cruel so rarely suggest that my patients do them. Opks have been shown to only increase patient anxiety and not improve chance of pregnancy. So for patients with regular cycles i suggest sex on cyclec days 10/12/14/16. ...Read more

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Is anovulation normal for a 27 year old women? And if that happens that means you can't get pregnant right?

Is anovulation normal for a 27 year old women? And if that happens that means you can't get pregnant right?

No!: It's not really normal for any reproductive-age woman, but especially in a 27 year old. Anovulation does not mean you can't (ever) get pregnant, that depends on the reason for the anovulation - you may well require a doctor's help but in most cases it should be possible. ...Read more

Anovulation (Definition)

Anovulation is a fancy term for not ovulating. It means an egg or oocyte was not ...Read more