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No Period? No Ovulation.
If you haven’t gotten your period in several months, you might be suffering from a condition known as Amenorrhea. Amenorrhea is the clinical term for absent menses or “where the heck is my period?” and it means you are not ovulating.
There are several causes of Amenorrhea, and many of them are signs of infertility conditions:
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)- PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that prevents eggs from reaching maturity and a luteinizing hormone (LH) surge from triggering ovulation.
- Hypothalamic Amenorrhea- Hypothalamic Amenorrhea causes hormones responsible for follicle stimulation, ovulation, and menses to shut off. This is due to excessive calorie restriction, over-exercising, or an eating disorder. As a result, ovulation does not occur.
- Thyroid Disease- Often unsuspected, an imbalance in thyroid hormone can impact the menstrual cycle, including ovulation.
- Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)- Women are born with a finite number of eggs in their ovaries which diminish with age. A woman under the age of 35 who suffers from POF may have a lower ovarian reserve than most women her age. As a result, she may not ovulate.
Some other causes of Amenorrhea include pregnancy or breastfeeding. The use of birth control pills or other prescription drugs may also impact your cycle (birth control pills prevent ovulation from occurring and other medications can disrupt your cycle). Some women experience a very light menses or irregular periods, which can be confusing.
If you have not gotten a period and suspect a fertility condition could be to blame, contact Fertility Authority’s Patient Care Advocates at 855-955-BABY (2229) or by filling out the Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me form. We can help you connect with a trusted fertility doctor in your area who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Amenorrhea.