What are ovulatory/menstrual cycle challenges?
As with many reproductive health issues, the ovulatory cycle is a complex one, involving many different systems. If even one aspect of these systems is not functioning correctly, irregular menstrual cycles, unpredictable ovulation, and other issues can occur that make achieving a pregnancy or harvesting eggs difficult.
What causes ovulatory/menstrual cycle challenges?
Anything from stress to thyroid disease to smoking can impact one’s cycle. Here are some of the many factors that can contribute to irregular cycles:
- Fallopian tube damage or blockage
- Ovulation disorder
- Uterine fibroids
What can be done to help regulate cycles?
The answer to this question depends on what caused the irregularity in the cycle. When patients come to us with this challenge, we provide a fertility work-up to help get a 360 view of their reproductive health. To diagnose and treat your concern, our providers consider hormone levels, lifestyle factors, other medical concerns, and more.
The great news is that MOST irregular cycles can be regulated with lifestyle changes (such as adjustments to diet and exercise or smoking cessation) and/or medication. And even if we aren’t able to get your cycle(s) completely regulated, pregnancy (and other fertility processes) are usually still an option if you utilize assisted reproductive technology.