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Can you ovulate if you have amenorrhea?

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Andrea Knittel
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Andrea Knittel
Andrea Knittel
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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Amenorrhea is by definition missing menses of which it's mostly due to anovulation (non ovulatory cycles).
Of course there are other reasons why a women may not experience menses besides lack of ovulation (such as imperforate hymen, lack of uterus).

In brief: No

Amenorrhea is by definition missing menses of which it's mostly due to anovulation (non ovulatory cycles).
Of course there are other reasons why a women may not experience menses besides lack of ovulation (such as imperforate hymen, lack of uterus).
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unlikely

If your brain isn't signalling for an egg release from your ovary, you won't have a signal for your periods either; that's usually the cause of amenorrhea.
Often it's a hormonal imbalance--Thyroid, Prolactin, LH, FSH, Hcg should be checked. Your doctor can also induce a period as well w/ OCPs. If you've NEVER had a period, you should get an US to make sure you have normal uterus/vagina/ovaries.

In brief: Unlikely

If your brain isn't signalling for an egg release from your ovary, you won't have a signal for your periods either; that's usually the cause of amenorrhea.
Often it's a hormonal imbalance--Thyroid, Prolactin, LH, FSH, Hcg should be checked. Your doctor can also induce a period as well w/ OCPs. If you've NEVER had a period, you should get an US to make sure you have normal uterus/vagina/ovaries.
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