Late ovulation and your fertility
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Ovulation is a simple enough process but there are many factors that can affect fertility, among them late ovulation.
Ovulation is a natural process that all adult women experience
It is the regular production and release of eggs for fertilization and it usually occurs within the first two weeks of the menstrual cycle. Once an egg is produced, it can then be fertilized by a sperm, thus resulting in pregnancy.
Late ovulation is defined as ovulation that occurs after the 23rd day of the menstrual cycle
Ovulating late in your period can happen to any woman from time to time. It only becomes a cause for concern when it begins to occur regularly. Even then, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a cause of panic but it is something you’ll want to keep track of if you are trying to get pregnant.
There are many factors that can cause late ovulation
The basic cause is a shift in the body’s regular production of hormones. If the proper hormones are not produced in the right amount, it can affect your body’s ability to ovulate. Everything from low body fat to certain medications can cause an imbalance in hormone levels.
Body fat in a woman can affect estrogen levels
If you don’t have enough body fat, estrogen production will slow down drastically. This is why many female athletes, who tend to have very little body fat, often have changes in their menstrual cycle and can even stop menstruating altogether.
Breastfeeding can also affect ovulation and women are likely to stop ovulating entirely during the first six months of breastfeeding.
Medication can also influence ovulation
Certain medications, including some drugs used to treat cancer or depression can also affect hormone production and cause late ovulation. Even elevated levels of stress and anxiety can alter the ovulation cycle.
If you are experiencing late ovulation on a regular basis, you should consult your doctor to see if you can pinpoint the cause and figure out an effective treatment.
Late ovulation doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t become pregnant
Experiencing late ovulation can cause some complications in terms of fertility but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t become pregnant.
The biggest issue with late ovulation is that the delay in release may mean that the egg that is eventually produced is not mature enough for fertilization. If an egg can’t sustain fertilization, then pregnancy will be difficult if not impossible to achieve.
Also, a delay in ovulation can also result in eggs reaching the uterus at a time when the lining is not prepared for implantation. In this case, even if the egg is properly fertilized, it still won’t be able to sustain pregnancy because it can’t attach itself to the uterine wall.
Late ovulation can also throw off the reproductive system by producing eggs without the right hormone levels to sustain them.
The bottom line is that late ovulation is not ideal
It is a complication to fertility but it doesn’t have to be a barrier to it. It is still possible to get pregnant if you experience late ovulation.
The important thing is knowing your regular ovulation schedule and consulting with your doctor so that you can take the proper steps to get pregnant no matter when you ovulate.
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