What are Ovulatory Disorders?

Published: Oct 3, 2020 | Updated: Apr 18, 2021

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What are Ovulatory Disorders?

The term ovulatory disorder is a general label for situations where normal ovulation fails or is irregular. It’s considered one of the important common causes of female infertility, counting for about twenty-five percent of the infertility cases.

Typical pathologies associated with ovulatory disorders are Anovulation, Oligo-ovulation, (premature) ovarian failure, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and a range of menstrual cycle disorders, such as Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Amenorrhea, and Menorrhagia.

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In any case, the most common causes are thought to be abnormal or unbalanced hormone levels, insulin problems, pituitary gland disorders, tumors or cysts, eating disorders, endometriosis, alcohol or drug use, thyroid gland problems, overweight and obesity, stress, intense exercise, among others.

In conventional medicine (allopathic medicine), depending on the cause(s), doctors typically prescribe fertility medication, supplements, lifestyle changes, antibiotics, or minor surgery.

As for traditional, alternative and complementary medicine treatments, one can think of herbal medicine, fertility acupuncture, naturopathy, fertility massages, deep pelvic and abdominal work, just to give a few examples.

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