I was speaking to a client the other week about conception. She was very new to the game and said she has been trying for 4 months now and was getting very concerned why she wasn't yet pregnant. After a while it occurred to me that this patient didn't know what ovulation was. So after some drawings and talk about discharge we got there. I have her charting and checking her cervical mucous, using mobile ovulation apps and having loads of fun times with her partner.
Ovulation is one of those tricky little slippery buggers that if you blink you may miss it, if you aren't tuned to your body you may not even know when you are ovulating. Then, unfortunately there are loads of issues surrounding ovulation. It can either be very irregular or anovulation (not ovulating). Both of these issues account for around 30-40% of infertility cases. The presentation can vary hugely, some women may menstruate regularly, yet not be ovulating, some women's cycles vary in length making it so hard to predict and pin point.
For most women, a good indication of ovulation dysfunction is when cycles are less that 21 days in whole or longer than 36 days. Or no period at all.
Conditions commonly associated with this are PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) and thyroid imbalances, however you do not always have an underlying condition to be anovulatory. There are many other factors to take into account when we see a patient whom is presenting with an irregular or anovulatory cycle.
For example; low body weight, obesity, high stress levels and excessive exercise can account for many cases we see. STRESS places a huge demand on our bodies and uses up all of our essential vitamins and minerals that are so needed for ovulation. It also messes around with important hormones needed to do their job. You may not think so but it takes a lot of energy every month to release and egg and get the endometrial lining plump enough for a baby. Likewise with exercise, if you are going too hard at the gym, it will be eating away at your stores so your body thinks, stuff it I'll ovulate later, I need this energy and these nutrients to repair my muscles and keep me going....So what do we do now ?
In a nut shell, at Mums and Bubs we evaluate the situation, get some vital blood tests, track ovulation and chart our period, test our basal body temperatures , assess your diet, exercise and lifestyle and support you nutritionally from there. We address deficiencies and therapeutically dose you on key nutrients essential to your bodies needs.
We refer you to specialists if needed, and work with the, to help you achieve that ever sought after bundle of joy. When you stop and listen to your body, it will communicate with you, and we will find the reason behind your ovulation problems.
Remember: if you are too deficient to ovulate, you are too deficient to carry a baby.
If you are having ovulation woes, come in and chat to myself or Gina and we can asses you and your needs and naturally get you back on track and or work with your fertility specialists.
Yours in Good Health
Shannon x M&B