Why You Can’t Ovulate



Some days, you just can’t seem to do anything right. You can’t make your hair go the way you wanted it to. You completely spaced a doctor’s appointment, and of course it was the specialist that takes something like six weeks to get an appointment with. You break a nail trying to do something as innocuous as open the car door, and you stub your toe on the sidewalk. Heck, sometimes you might even have problems ovulating.

I’m joking, of course. Ovulating isn’t something that just sort of happens to you. It’s part of your body’s well-tuned machinery. It’s not as if you can take extra care to ovulate this month, or that by spending an extra 15 minutes in the morning you’ll ovulate. Doesn’t quite work that way, of course.

Still, ovulating is important when you’re trying to conceive. If you don’t ovulate, you don’t conceive. In fact, timing conception around ovulation is one way that women who have been struggling with getting pregnant can increase their chances.

You can, of course, use things like Basal Body Temperature or cervical mucus charts to know when you’re ovulating. There are even ovulation predictor kits that can do a decent job of helping you figure out when you’re going to ovulate.

If you’re not ovulating, there are a handful of likely causes. If you’ve had rapid or excessive weight change in either direction, it can affect your cycle. The same goes for infections and other illnesses.

In some cases, you might have a bigger problem. You might have PCOS or some other ovarian condition that’s keeping you from ovulating. In some cases, Clomid and other fertility drugs might help. There are herbal remedies, too, if you’re into that sort of thing. Vitex (or Chasteberry) is a popular one. Evening Primrose Oil and Vitamin B6 are also used for fertility and ovulation.

If you’re not ovulating, talk to your doctor. She might be able to identify a lifestyle factor or an illness that’s interfering with things. In some cases, it’s as simple as clearing up an infection and you’ll be right back on the baby-making track.

  • joy

    An irregular period is what somebody can not say about ,i have the same problem,sometimes i don,t ovulating and my Dr said is a PCOS ,i am confused about the illness .please can anyone tell me what should do

  • Emmy

    The case is, one has had irregular period for years. Could this be the cause of not ovulating? The period comes at it’s own time, but when i’m on medication the period comes as long as i’m on medication. I’ve seen the doctor. My confidence is, i know it’s just for a while. What can I do?


Last modified: May 3, 2010