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Anovulation

Anovulation is a failure to ovulate in the course of a menstrual cycle. As a consequence of a failure to ovulate the woman is infertile for that particular month.

About the Condition

As well as a loss of fertility, there is also no ovarian progesterone production for the second half of the menstrual cycle (luteal phase) which results in a progesterone deficiency.

The failure of the ovary to release a mature egg has a dramatic impact on the production of the hormone progesterone which is only produced if ovulation is successful. As a consequence, this has a disruptive effect on the woman’s hormonal balance.

Multiple anovulatory cycles generally result in a variety of symptoms which can adversely affect a woman’s quality of life, overall general health, fertility and, with time, lead to more severe medical conditions.

Next page: Symptoms of Anovulation

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Symptoms of Anovulation

Anovulation is a significant health issue and should not be ignored. Anovulation results in a serious hormonal imbalance between estrogen and progesterone and is often overlooked as the cause of many seemingly unrelated symptoms. In women the overall symptoms as a result of a failure to ovulate are often nondescript and include:

  • A general malaise
  • A feeling that something is just not right
  • Of not being on top of life
  • A general loss of confidence in one's self and abilities.

Physically, mentally and emotionally the most common symptoms include:

  • Mood changes
  • Forgetfulness/memory blanks
  • Tiredness/fatigue
  • Irritability/anxiety/anger
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Decreased concentration
  • Breast tenderness/soreness
  • Aches and pains
  • Fluid retention/bloating
  • Sugar cravings
  • Menstrual changes
  • Increased body fat
  • Weight gain
  • Lowered sexual desire

Next page: Causes of Anovulation

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ProFeme® 10% Progesterone Cream is specifically designed for use in women with declined or lowered progesterone levels.

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Causes of Anovulation

Anovulation can occur for a variety of reasons. Traumatic events such as high or prolonged stress, grief and extreme physical exertion can be disruptive to the normal ovulatory cycle. More commonly anovulation is the result of exposure to estrogens either natural, supplemented or environmental.

Anovulatory cycles is one of the potential consequences of what is commonly termed estrogen dominance and is characterized by high surges of estrogen and low levels of progesterone.

Taking an oral contraceptive is a chemically induced form of anovulation. Birth control pills suppress the release of an egg and thus prevents pregnancy. Many women do not realize that this suppression of ovulation is how the Pill actually works and in doing so results in little or no natural progesterone production.

Anovulation is a normal consequence of frequent breastfeeding. However, it is not always the case and you may still release an egg if you do not breastfeed every two hours, so use contraception if you do not want your children spaced closely together.

Anovulation can also be caused by the following:

  • The onset of menopause (perimenopause)
  • Depleted egg supply
  • Eating disorders (obesity, anorexia, or malnutrition)
  • Genetic disorders
  • Heavy athletic training
  • High and/or sustained stress

Failure to ovulate results in progesterone deficiency, which could be linked to other reproductive conditions, such as anemia, menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding), metrorrhagia (irregular uterine bleeding), menometrorrhagia (irregular uterine bleeding between expected menstrual periods) or endometrial hyperplasia.

Next page: Treatment for Anovulation

ProFeme® 10

ProFeme 10 progesterone cream packaging

For women

ProFeme® 10% Progesterone Cream is specifically designed for use in women with declined or lowered progesterone levels.

Downloadable Resources

AndroFeme® 1

AndroFeme 1 testosterone cream packaging

For women

AndroFeme® 1% Testosterone Cream is designed for use in women with testosterone deficiency and/or low libido.

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Treatment for Anovulation

The aim of treatment with ProFeme® progesterone cream is to mimic the body’s normal natural hormone production as much as possible. ProFeme® dose applicators are marked in 0.5ml doses. You must tailor the strength, amount and the number of days you apply the cream to your individual requirements. Your doctor or health care professional may alter the dose recommended in this booklet.

Women’s hormonal cycles are more complex than the hormone profile of men. ProFeme® progesterone cream is used to control the symptoms of benign breast disorders during premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause, and peri-menopausal symptoms. ProFeme® treats other progesterone-deficiency conditions, such as surgical menopause from hysterectomy, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids and fibrocystic breasts.

If you have had a hysterectomy, the doctor may prescribe estrogen-only for menopausal symptoms to manage hot flashes and night sweats. In hysterectomized women it is very important that unopposed estrogen must be supported with natural progesterone to prevent symptoms of estrogen dominance.

ProFeme® progesterone cream comes in a 10% stength that contains 100mg progesterone per ml. Each tube is supplied with a graduated dose measuring applicator.

Side-Effects

ProFeme® natural progesterone cream has very low toxicity. The most common problems associated with progesterone treatments are that they can cause symptoms similar to the feeling of pregnancy:

  • Tender Breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Mood Swings
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Occasionally breakthrough bleeding (spotting)
  • Fluid retention
  • Dizziness

Next page: Further Information about Anovulation

ProFeme® 10

ProFeme 10 progesterone cream packaging

For women

ProFeme® 10% Progesterone Cream is specifically designed for use in women with declined or lowered progesterone levels.

Downloadable Resources

AndroFeme® 1

AndroFeme 1 testosterone cream packaging

For women

AndroFeme® 1% Testosterone Cream is designed for use in women with testosterone deficiency and/or low libido.

Downloadable Resources

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Topics discussed in the Understanding Ovulation and Anovulation booklet include:

  • What is ovulation?
  • What is anovulation?
  • What is a normal menstrual cycle?
  • What causes anovulation?
  • Why is anovulation a problem?
  • Ovulatory changes with age
  • Perimenopause (mid 30's onwards)
  • Menopause
  • More serious medical conditions
  • What is the role of progesterone in humans?

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ProFeme® 10

ProFeme 10 progesterone cream packaging

For women

ProFeme® 10% Progesterone Cream is specifically designed for use in women with declined or lowered progesterone levels.

Downloadable Resources

AndroFeme® 1

AndroFeme 1 testosterone cream packaging

For women

AndroFeme® 1% Testosterone Cream is designed for use in women with testosterone deficiency and/or low libido.

Downloadable Resources

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