Irregular Menstrual Cycle
During a menstrual cycle each month, the body typically grows one follicle that will mature and eventually release an egg. The body will also secrete estrogen and progesterone to thicken the lining of the uterus, the endometrium, to support the egg if it fertilizes. If fertilization does not occur, the endometrium will shed in the form of your monthly period. Typically, a woman has her period every 21 to 35 days, lasting between four and seven days. However, some women have hormonal imbalances preventing ovulation that cause women to skip or have irregular periods.
How does an irregular cycle affect my fertility?
Women with irregular cycles generally do not ovulate, or produce eggs, frequently. This is referred to as an ovulation disorder. Fortunately, the majority of factors causing irregular menstrual cycles can be easily treated.
What are some common causes of irregular menstrual cycles?
- Extreme stress
- Excess weight gain/loss
- Strenuous physical exercise
- Hormonal imbalance
- Diminished ovarian reserve
How can IVF Michigan Fertility Center help me if I have an irregular menstrual cycle?
Fortunately, the majority of factors causing irregular menstrual cycles can be easily treated. Our IVF Specialists will begin by identifying the cause and treating you accordingly. Book an appointment today to speak with one of our physicians.