Ovulation is a necessary part of conception. Women who are trying to conceive may often use a variety of techniques, such as charting Basal Body Temperature or cervical mucus to know when they are going to ovulate. Some women may also use Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs) to know when they might ovulate. There are even software programs designed to help you figure out when you ovulate.
Sometimes, a woman that is trying to conceive may find that she is not ovulating. There can be a number of reasons why you might not ovulate. It could be, for example, that rapid or excessive weight change, whether it is weight gain or weight loss, can cause you to not ovulate. Illnesses or infections can interfere with ovulation, as well. Stress and strenuous exercise may cause you not to ovulate. Most of these causes can be readily addressed, once they are identified.
Unfortunately, there are other reasons that you might not ovulate that are not so easily dealt with. Problems with the pituitary gland or the thyroid gland can cause you not to ovulate. These conditions are often treatable with medications, such as hormone supplements. However, treating these problems may or may not guarantee that you will ovulate again. The most difficult reasons why you might not ovulate have to do with problems with the ovaries, such as primary ovarian failure, resistant ovarian syndrome, or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). There may be some treatments available for these conditions in the form of fertility medications such as Clomid.
For some women who might not ovulate, herbal remedies might be an option. There may be several herbs that can help to induce ovulation. Vitex, also known as Chasteberry, is one of the most popular of these herbal remedies. Evening Primrose Oil helps with producing fertile quality cervical fluid. Vitamin B6 is thought to be able to help lengthen the luteal phase (the time from ovulation to menstruation). Dong Quai is a herb that purports to regulate hormones, which would then in turn help out the process of ovulation.
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