Anovulation is the term used for a menstrual cycle in which there is no ovulation.  In other words, you still experience bleeding even though you did not release an egg or ovulate.  It is normal for these cycles to occur occasionally throughout your childbearing years.  However, when experienced on a frequent basis, the result is difficulty conceiving.

The number one cause of anovulation is hormonal imbalance.  This can be brought on by a prolonged and strenuous exercise program, emotional stress, and/or eating disorders.  There are also several medical issues that result in hormonal imbalance, including polycystic ovary syndrome, hypothalamic dysfunction, and tumors of the pituitary gland, adrenal gland, or ovaries.

Additionally, it has been found that certain medications cause anovulation.  For example, because they work by intentionally disrupting the interaction between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and ovaries, hormonal birth control is often the culprit.  It appears that the longer a woman is on hormonal contraceptives, the more likely she will experience anovulation when she stops taking them.

Because many women will continue to have what appears to be normal periods even if they do not ovulate, anovulation can be difficult to detect without extensive testing.  This could include blood tests, CT or MRI scans of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, and endometrial or ovarian biopsies.  However, there is one way you can potentially detect this issue yourself at home, and that is with Lady-Comp.  Lady-Comp is a personal fertility monitor which learns and adjusts to your individual cycle regardless of irregularities or cycle length.  It is programmed with a database of more than 900,000 cycles and uses bio-mathematical forecasting calculations and computer techniques to predict your fertile days, primarily based on your morning body temperature.   Research shows that Lady-Comp is 99.3% accurate.  If you are experiencing bleeding without the indication of any fertile days, you will know something is amiss and can follow up with your doctor for further testing.

Once anovulation is detected, there are treatments available, including medication, nutritional adjustments, stress reduction, and surgery.  What is recommended for you will vary depending on the cause of your condition, your age, and your medical history.

If you are interested to learn more about how Lady-Comp can help you, please feel free to call us at 1-877-925-LADY.  We are looking forward to speaking with you.

Egg Quality

Doctors have noted over time that the probability of embryo implantation is strongly correlated to both the age of the women who produced the egg and to the reserve of eggs in her ovaries.  This observation has resulted in the abstract concept of “egg quality,” which cannot be quantified by viewing a woman’s eggs, measuring how receptive they are to fertilization, or measuring initial embryo division.  Currently egg quality is only measured by actual embryo implantation.

There are three conditions that physicians feel result in low egg quality:

  1. Diminished Ovarian Reserve– A woman’s “ovarian reserve” is the amount of eggs she is born with.  The number of eggs decreases throughout a woman’s life based on ovulation and follicle depletion.  To test ovarian reserve, there is a blood test that can be conducted on day 3 of a woman’s cycle to check the quantity of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).  If elevated levels of FSH are found, it indicates the patient has diminished ovarian reserve.  Higher levels of FSH mean the ovary is communicating less with the pituitary gland, and the body is creating more FSH in an attempt to stimulate the ovary.  Women with this condition almost never have successful embryo implantation through natural means.  Unfortunately, research has not yet uncovered why this is true.
  2. Advanced Maternal Age– As mentioned, women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have.  As a woman ages, her eggs age with her.  Physicians have found that even when FSH levels are normal, the chances of embryo implantation decrease as a women ages.  After age 45, implantation is extremely rare.
  3. Diminished Egg Quality– Each egg a woman produces contains energy stores called mitochondria.  Prior to ovulation and after implantation, an egg can utilize the energy stores of the body’s circulation system.  However, during the seven days between ovulation and implantation, an egg must survive off its own mitochondria.  It has been found that eggs of diminished quality become depleted of energy prior to the implantation stage.

The medical conditions discussed above are complex and cannot be self-diagnosed.  If you are having difficulty conceiving and suspect it could be related to a medical problem, please consult your physician as soon as possible for testing and to discuss your options.

Birth Control While Breast Feeding

You have just given birth, and while you are thrilled with your new bundle of joy, you are not ready for another just yet.  If you are in this situation, it is important for you to know that contrary to popular perception, it is possible to get pregnant while breastfeeding.

After your baby is born, your body produces lactation hormones which suppress reproductive hormones.  However, this does not render you completely infertile.  Your hormonal levels will vary depending on how often you feed your baby.  Mothers who feed less have a greater fluctuation and thus will become fertile more quickly.  Additionally, you should keep in mind that your first post-childbirth ovulation occurs a full two weeks before the start of your period, and since this could happen at any time, you need to be prepared.

While you are breastfeeding your child, you may wish to eliminate hormonal forms of birth control, such as the pill, the patch, and the ring.  According to renowned pediatrician Dr. William Sears, there are two major concerns about using hormonal birth control while breastfeeding.  The first is that estrogen, a common hormone in birth control pills, is known to suppress milk production.  Second, doctors feel that by exposing your infant to synthetic hormones through your breast milk, you could impact their long-term sexual or reproductive development.

Presented with this conundrum, you may determine it safer to pursue a non-hormonal form of birth control.  Before you head to the store to purchase disposable contraception products, consider Lady Comp.  It is a personal fertility monitor which learns and adjusts to your individual cycle regardless of irregularities or cycle length.  Lady Comp is programmed with a database of more than 900,000 cycles and uses bio-mathematical forecasting calculations, as well as the very latest computer techniques, to predict your cycle with 99.3% accuracy, primarily based on your morning body temperature.   To learn more about Lady Comp, please feel free to call us at 1-877-925-LADY.  We are looking forward to speaking with you.

This Week is National Infertility Awareness Week, April 22-28

April 22-28, 2012 is National Infertility Awareness Week, a nationwide campaign intended to educate the public about infertility.  Since 1989, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association has hosted events and activities designed to encourage grassroots advocacy of the infertility movement.  The theme for this year is, “Don’t Ignore Infertility.” Continue reading

MORE Recent Birth Control Recalls

In the month of February, two different manufacturers of birth control pills issued massive recalls of their products. On February 1st, drug company Pfizer announced a recall of over one million packets of birth control pills.  The specific brands recalled were Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. All the pills were marketed by Akrimax Rx Products and have expiration dates ranging from July 31, 2013, to March 31, 2014. Continue reading

How Does My Life Affect My Lady-Comp?

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7 Baby-Making Facts All Women Should Know

We’ve provided several tips on how to increase your fertility if you are having trouble conceiving. Now, here are some tips for all women, whether you just started trying to get pregnant, or you’ve been trying for a while. No matter what your situation, these are important facts to know! Continue reading

Simple, Natural Ways Women Can Increase Their Fertility

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Myths About Menstruation

Old wive’s tales about menstruation have been in existence about as long as periods themselves. Since the “monthly friend” is usually discussed among moms and daughters or between teenage girls, sometimes fiction can get mixed in with the facts. So it’s worthwhile to review some common myths about menstruation. Continue reading

Lady-Comp Gets Rave Reviews

ovulation monitorIf you’ve noticed Lady-Comp popping up on the internet lately, you’re not imagining things. There’s been a recent uptick in Lady-Comp reviews on health websites and bloggers sharing their Lady-Comp experiences. No surprise, since news stories about the dangerous side effects of hormonal contraceptives have also skyrocketed. Continue reading