Infertility Caused by Ovulation Problems






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1. What Are Ovulation Problems? 

Fertility issues that are caused by ovulation problems are extremely common. There are many conditions that can prevent a woman from ovulating properly. Anything that stands in the way of an egg developing properly and being released from the ovaries is considered an ovulation problem. PCOS, for example, is one very common cause of ovulation problems.


2. Symptoms Of Ovulation Problems

Some women do not experience any symptoms along with their ovulation problems. They only know that they might possibly have an ovulation problem when they are unable to get pregnant after trying for awhile. However, some women do have symptoms along with their ovulation problems.


The most common symptoms of ovulation problems are irregular periods, absent periods, abnormally light or abnormally heavy periods, or pain during periods. However, most of the time, women will not experience any symptoms associated with not ovulating.

3. How Are Ovulation Problems Diagnosed?

Doctors can do many different tests to determine whether or not a woman has ovulation issues that are contributing to her fertility troubles. A complete medical history, physical exams, and testing such as lab tests and ultrasounds might all be utilized to diagnose ovulation problems. Fortunately, there are many different treatment options available.


Women can also use over the counter ovulation predictor kit tests to check and see if they are ovulating properly on their own. Some doctors might like for their patients to track their basal body temperatures for a few months as well to see if they are experiencing an LH spike. Every doctor has a different method for determining whether or not a patient is ovulating properly.

4. Treatment For Ovulation Problems

For women who have ovulation problems that lead to infertility problems, luckily, there are many different treatment options available. Clomid is the number one drug of choice for ovulation problems. It is an oral medication that helps to stimulate ovulation in women.


It works very well in a majority of cases. Another option is injectable gonadotropins, which are ovulation stimulating medications that are stronger than Clomid. IVF is another option for women with ovulation problems, along with donor eggs and adoption.

The success rates for getting pregnant with ovulation problems are pretty good as well. About 40 percent of women receiving clomiphene citrate to induce ovulation become pregnant over the course of treatment (usually three to six cycles). When fertility drugs to increase egg production are combined with artificial insemination, the success rate is between 9 and 15 percent per cycle. The success rate per cycle with IVF averages around 35 percent.

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.