by Antonia Ruhl & Lia Mills
You have tried to conceive for several months, and your period is irregular, or you may suffer from amenorrhea (lack of regular periods) or menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding) or are having monthly spotting. These are symptoms that you may have ovulation problems. Ovulation is an important step for a woman to be able to conceive. What would be the reasons for not having regular ovulation? Well, before we answer this question let us see what ovulation is.
Ovulation occurs in the ovary during the first two weeks of a period with the production of an egg each month, which allows pregnancy to happen. The mechanism of ovulation involves a center in the brain called hypothalamus, which releases a hormone (Gonadotropin-releasing hormone), which stimulates the pituitary gland to produce Luteinizing hormone and Follicle-stimulating hormone that stimulates egg maturation within ovarian follicles. One of the ovarian follicles will be the dominant and will be released at ovulation time. Ovulation may not occur if there is a disruption or a defect in this mechanism. Ovulation problems can be categorized in: annovulation (lack of ovulation, oligoovulation (infrequent ovulation), lutheal phase defect.
Disruptors of the ovulation process are:
• Polcystic Ovarian Syndrome
• Excess production of hormone prolactin
• Poor nutrition (lack of important nutrients may lead to hormone imbalances)
• Overweight or underweight (low fat or too much fat disrupt hormone balance and may impair ovulation)
• High FSH levels at the beginning of menstrual cycle
• Strenuous exercise may decrease oestrogen
• Low progesterone
At Natural Stress Therapy Clinic we have a selection of Brazilian Fertility Herbs that may help you with your ovulation problems.
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