This is one question my clients ask again and again and it is a great question. So many of us take for granted that we ovulate each month but actually many people don’t. If you want to know why ovulation is so important for your health, then sign up to my ovulation toolkit.
So Who Doesn’t Ovulate?
Young women who are still going through puberty. It can take up to the early 20 for a woman to become hormonally mature and in that time, it take the body a few years to get the hang of the menstrual cycles. (I’m sure you can remember the first few years of your periods, with them being all over the place). When given the right nutrients and lifestyle, most healthy young women will get regular ovulatory cycles after a few years.
1. Most women on the pill.
Most pills and other hormonal prevent ovulation from occurring in the first place, if you are on any hormonal contraceptive, read the patient information leaflet to find out if yours acts in that way. There are some which allow ovulation to occur, but then prevent the egg from implanting.
2. Women who exercise a lot.
OK, this is very personal, but when you do hardcore exercise many times a week, you no longer have enough body fat to produce the hormones needed for your menstrual cycles. The level at which you are exercising too much for your body to ovulate varies from woman to woman as we are all as different in the ways our bodies work on the inside as we look on the outside. You can work with a health coach to help determine the right level for you, or start a diary along side charting your cycle.
3. Women with too little or too much body fat.
Again the exact amounts of fat required for optimal hormone production varies from woman to woman, but too much or too little can interfere with and even switch off the menstrual cycle.
4. Women with a hormonal condition.
There are a number of diagnosable conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis that can prevent ovulation from occurring, but there are also hormonal imbalances that can prevent it from happening. If you get period pain, PMS or spotting, these are sign of hormonal imbalances. Considering it is though that 1 in 5 women of reproductive age has PCOS (20%) and estimates of endometriosis are 6-10% of the female population, that is a large number of women.
5. Healthy women with regular cycles.
CEMCOR found in a study that at any one point, 19% of the female population with what were considered to be normal and healthy cycles didn’t ovulate. There was nothing wrong with these women, just a one off occurrence that occurred randomly, and the next cycle would be ovulatory.
How Can You Tell If You Are Ovulating?
I know some women will tell you that cervical fluid is a great way to tell you are ovulating, or ovulation testing kits. But infant these only show when your body is preparing to ovulate. There are only two sure fire ways of telling if you have ovulated. One is a progesterone level that causes a temperature rise of at least 0.2 degrees C on a basal body temperature chart. You can learn to chart by signing up to one of my webinars and find out more about what it is in the free ovulation toolkit.
Secondly, there is the day 21 progesterone test, except sometimes you may need to take it on a different day. You see, the day 21 test is supposed to measure your progesterone rise 7 days after you ovulate. There was an assumption that all women ovulate on day 14, which is where the rhythm method came from. But not many women ovulate on day 14. If you chart your temperature or even monitor your cervical mucus peak, you can usually guess what day you body thinks it tried to ovulate on and then arrange for the test 7 days later.
Get the charting your cycle and seasons kit by signing up to my e-mail list below. You will also get webinars when I next teach full cycle charting by observing the cervical fluid and basal body temperatures.
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