No ovulation. Signs and Causes. How to get pregnant

The absence of ovulation (anovulation) 2-3 cycles per year and not in a row is a normal phenomenon. At the same time, periods are in normal mode or with a slight delay. It will be possible to become pregnant but only in the next ovulatory cycle. When planning, if there is no ovulation, other possible problems with impregnation are first excluded and only after that drug stimulation is prescribed. 

During teenage years and after 35 years, the number of anovulatory periods increases. With the onset of menopause, the maturation of follicles gradually stops. Chances of pregnancy, depending on the age of the woman, can be found in this statistic. 

Signs of no ovulation

There are signs that there was no egg (ovum) released in this period. 

  • tests for lutein-containing hormone are negative; 
  • the level of progesterone in the blood does not increase; 
  • ultrasound does not show the dominant follicle and corpus luteum; 
  • the consistency and amount of cervical fluid does not change; 
  • there is no jump in basal temperature for three or more cycles in a row; 
  • there is no engorgement of the female breast, pain in the lower waist or in the ovaries; 
  • there is no increased sexual desire and brightness of sensations during the sexual congress. 

Periods in the absence of ovulation?

If egg maturation is impaired, they do not release from the follicle, but menstrual bleeding persists. And although the growth of the endometrium in the uterus occurs as usual, the corpus luteum does not form during anovulatory cycles. 

Note (!): If the menstrual cycle lasts from 24 to 30 days and periods occur on time, it is likely that the woman has no problems with egg maturation. If the periods has become more scarce, irregular, the cycle becomes shorter or longer, most likely, these are anovulatory cycles. 

The periods among some women with ovulatory pathology become not only irregular, but also completely disappear. Be sure to consult with a gynecologist. 

If ovulation does not occur: reasons for the absence

If a woman has lost ovulation, the reasons can be either physiological or psychological. Usually they are complex, and requires both a delicate approach and an examination and treatment by the gynecologist and psychotherapist. 

Not ovulating with regular periods can be caused by: 

  • hormonal disruptions; 
  • acute psychic trauma; 
  • physical overload; 
  • rapid weight loss or gain; 
  • improper nutrition, passion for diets; 
  • change of place of residence, work, study; 
  • climate change when moving to another country. 
No ovulation because of the excess weight loss

Healthy and young women may develop anovulatory cycles for psychological reasons. It can be material, housing difficulties or problems in the family. 

Note (!): Violations of the process of egg maturation and excretion are quite widespread, about 40% of married couples have it. Some of these cases are associated with the individual characteristics of the body and are variable. This phenomenon is temporary and should not cause any worry. 

Violation of ovulation is also due to gynecological diseases, hormonal disorders or congenital pathologies of the reproductive system. 

Periods without ovulation on basal body temperature (BBT) charts

The period with no release of a mature egg due to hormonal failure – increased prolactin:

The period with no release of a mature egg due to hormonal failure - increased prolactin
Well demonstrated anovulatory cycle

Below is a graph of the basal body temperature of a woman on a strict diet: 

Basal temperature graph - no ovulation due to excess weight loss 
Basal temperature graph – no ovulation due to excess weight loss

And this is a schedule for a woman with normal ovulation. In this cycle, the ovaries have rested and there was no release of the egg. In a case to be repeated two to three times a year, it is considered a variant of the norm and does not require treatment: 

An anovulatory cycle on BBT chart  of the healthy woman 
An anovulatory cycle on BBT chart  of the healthy woman

Not ovulating? What to do to get pregnant?

According to WHO, a successful impregnation for the healthy couple should occur within a year of regular sexual congress without contraception. If pregnancy has not yet occurred, a complete physical examination of the husband and wife is necessary. 

Anovulation is not always a reason of infertility, perhaps there are other pathologies, for example, husband’s sperm has low sperm fertilization rates. If the spermogram of the spouse is within normal limits, you need to look for the cause of the violation of female reproduction. To establish the reasons for the absence of ovulation, a woman is diagnosed.

Diagnosis of ovulatory function disorders: 

  1. The content of thyroid hormones, FSH, LH, progesterone and androgen on certain days of the cycle is determined.
  2. On the 10-14th day of the cycle, an ultrasound scan is done to track whether the dominant follicle is maturing (folliculometry).
  3. The doctor prescribes an ultrasound of the uterus and ovaries to determine the shape, size, condition of the cervix uteri and exclude polycystic. With successful ovulation on ultrasound, which is carried out in the second phase of the cycle, a corpus luteum and free fluid are visualized in one of the ovaries in the posterior / posterior space.
  4. Be sure to determine the patency of the fallopian tubes (x-ray with the introduction of a contrast agent or laparoscopy).
  5. Within six months, control measurements of basal temperature are prescribed. 

Problems with ovulation and their solution

The restoration of ovulatory function is carried out as follows: 

• if the cause is obesity, or vice versa, very low body weight, then normalizing weight or changing the regime of physical training restarts the ovulatory process. BMI – from 18 to 29 (ideally up to 25) – is a good indicator and ovulation is theoretically possible. BMI of 30 and more must be reduced in order to become able to give birth to a child;

Norms of the percentage of fat in the body of a woman to normalize the periods and restore ovulation 
Norms of the percentage of fat in the body of a woman to normalize the periods and restore ovulation

• correction and restoration of the normal functioning of the thyroid gland and adrenal glands; 

• hormone therapy is prescribed according to indications, aimed at reducing the amount of prolactin and the concentration of androgens in blood plasma; 

• an OС course is prescribed most often for three months to give the ovaries the opportunity to relax and recover; 

• a special diet and lifestyle changes are connected, which helps to regulate the function of the ovaries and contributes to the onset of pregnancy in a natural way. 

• diagnostic laparoscopy helps not only to accurately determine the cause of anovulation, but also to correct the situation right on the spot (it was thanks to it that I became pregnant twice). 

Note (!): Often, after the cancellation of oral contraceptives, two ovaries ovulate at once, which under favorable conditions lead to the birth of twins. 

There are folk ways to stimulate the development and release of the egg, but for a start it is necessary to exclude gross pathology. 

Drug treatment

Common methods of treatment for anovulatory dysfunction are the use of medications that help conception. An example of an effective drug is Klostilbegit, which causes ovulation in 80% of patients within six months after treatment.

However, the use of reproductive enhancing agents can be prescribed by the dedicated expert. If treatment turns out to be ineffective (with low ovarian reserves of the ovaries), successful pregnancy is possible only with the help of IVF in vitro fertilization. 

No ovulation?! Signs and Causes? How to get pregnant?