Fertility medication is often the first line of treatment
At the beginning of a menstrual cycle, an egg begins to develop in the ovary. Ovulation is the release of a woman’s egg after approximately two weeks of growth. Anovulation — the lack of normal, regular ovulation — and ovulation disorders are present in up to 20 percent of infertile couples. There are several disorders associated with ovulation dysfunction, with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) being the most common.
Women with ovulation disorders are typically given fertility drugs as the first line of treatment. While there are a variety of fertility drugs designed to stimulate follicle growth and egg development, all have the same goal: to induce ovulation. Your doctor will determine which drug, or combination of drugs, best addresses your specific infertility issue.
A Penn State Division of Reproductive Endocrinology study finds that Femara increases rate of ovulation, has greater number of resulting pregnancies, and fewer incidences of twin pregnancies in women with PCOS.
As if we didn't feel bad enough for poor Khloe Kardashian in the face of never-ending Kardashian pregnancy announcements, now we're hearing that Kim Kardashian believed she too would have difficulty conceiving. Interesting news coming from the girl who claimed she would not plan for a family until her divorce from Kris Humphries was finalized, but ultimately became pregnant with Kanye West’s baby just in time for the New Year’s Eve ball to drop.
Prolactin is the hormone responsible for milk production and has been dubbed a “natural birth control” for breastfeeding women. However, high levels of prolactin, or hyperprolactinemia, is undesirable in women trying to conceive. In both of these instances, prolactin inhibits ovulation.
Researchers from the Florida State University conducted a study into how male speech patterns varied when speaking to women at different stages in their menstrual cycle. The study found that men tended to vary their sentence structure more when conversing with a woman who was more fertile. The data surprised researchers as previous studies showed evidence that when men are attracted to women they are inclined tomirror their speech patterns. Results suggest that men show off their conversational abilities in order to boost their credentials as potential partners.
There are a number of reasons a woman may not be ovulating or ovulating regularly - from thyroid issues to PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Dr. David Keenan, a fertility doctor with Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine explains how these conditions may be treated.