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Ovulation Disorders

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When ovulation fails to occur or occurs on an infrequent or irregular basis, it is known as an ovulatory disorder. Most women ovulate every 21 to 35 days. Women with cycles greater than 35 days are considered to have oligo-ovulation. Those who do not ovulate at all have anovulation.

There are a number of reasons some women may not have regular cycles. Common causes include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), thyroid disorders and disorders of the adrenal gland. In some cases excessive stress, exercise or weight loss can lead to loss of ovulatory cycles (a condition called functional hypothalamic amenorrhea).

If you suspect a disorder of ovulation, our experts can perform a complete evaluation to determine the cause(s). Our specialists will diagnose the problem and offer the most appropriate treatment to preserve health and to promote fertility.

How are Ovulation Disorders Diagnosed?

Evaluation of irregular menstrual cycles may include hormone testing and ultrasound examinations of the uterus and ovaries.

How are Ovulation Disorders Treated?

Medical therapy is often successful in producing ovulation and increasing a woman's chance of pregnancy. For instance, some common medications can help stimulate the ovaries to produce at least one egg each month.

Why Choose Jefferson for Ovulation Disorders Treatment?

Recognized as leaders in reproductive medicine, our fertility doctors aim to use the least invasive yet most effective therapies available in order to help patients have healthy babies without delay. Our experts can evaluate and treat ovulatory disorders, offering individualized treatment plans suited to patient needs and preferences.

Schedule an Appointment with a Fertility Expert

To schedule an appointment with one of our fertility specialists, please call 215-922-1556.

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