Technically speaking, it is impossible to get pregnant without ovulating. Having said that, some women who do not ovulate regularly may find that, if they are trying to conceive, they are having a difficult time of things. To understand why it is possible to get pregnant if you don’t ovulate regularly, you need to understand some things about ovulation as well as some things about conception.
Ovulation refers to the time during a woman’s monthly cycle when one of her ovaries releases an egg. Some months, it will be the left ovary that releases the egg. Other months, it will be the right ovary. There is no distinct pattern to which ovary releases an egg, and a woman may go for a long time without releasing an egg from one ovary or the other, or may switch between them with some sort of regularity. Once the egg is released, it travels to the fallopian tube. It is in the fallopian tube that sperm may encounter the egg. Once the sperm encounters the egg and fertilizes it, the fertilized egg then travels down the fallopian tube into the uterus, where it implants in the wall of the uterus. This is how conception occurs.
As you can see, it is not possible to get pregnant if you don’t ovulate. However, if you ovulate only infrequently, you may have difficulty getting pregnant. Fortunately, there are certain types of medications, such as the fertility medication Clomid, that can help you to ovulate, thereby increasing the chances that you will be able to conceive. In addition, there are ways that you can check to see if you are indeed ovulating. You may track your Basal Body Temperature, for example. You might chart changes to your cervical mucus. There are also kits that you can purchase that can help you predict when you are going to ovulate. Using these sorts of tools, women who don’t ovulate regularly may still be able to know when it is that they are going to ovulate, and thereby increasing their chances of being able to conceive.
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