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Are irregular periods a sign of infertility?
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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Cayce Jehaimi
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Dr. Brian Nguyen
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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Michael Traub
Dr. Michael Traub
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