Anovulatory cycle

What is an Anovulatory Cycle?

An anovulatory cycle is a menstrual cycle where ovulation does not occur. During a regular menstrual cycle, hormones stimulate the ovaries to produce an egg that is eventually released and picked up by the fallopian tube for potential fertilization. When an anovulatory cycle occurs, the egg is not produced.

An anovulatory cycle can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, diet, extreme exercise, certain medications, and medical conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome. They are most common in teenage and perimenopausal women, and the incidence rate decreases with age.

Signs and Symptoms of An Anovulatory Cycle

The most obvious sign of an anovulatory cycle is amenorrhea, or a lack of menstrual bleeding. Other symptoms could include:

  • Mood swings
  • Painful periods
  • Weight gain
  • Decrease in sex drive
  • Increased facial and body hair

Treatment of Anovulatory Cycles

The treatment for an anovulatory cycle depends on the underlying cause. Some women may be prescribed medications to trigger ovulation or be instructed to maintain a healthy diet or exercise routine. Others may require surgery or other medical interventions. Visit your doctor for a proper assessment and to find the best treatment plan for you.