What Do You Need To Know About Your Ovulation Cycle?

What Can Harm Your Ovulation Cycle?

Several factors can potentially harm or disrupt your ovulation cycle. You must take note that individual responses to these factors can vary, and not all women will experience the same effects. Here are some common factors that may negatively impact ovulation:
High levels of stress can affect the hormonal balance in the body, potentially disrupting the regular menstrual cycle and ovulation.
A lack of essential nutrients, excessive weight loss, or being underweight can impact hormonal balance and interfere with ovulation.
Intense or excessive physical activity, especially when combined with low body weight, can disrupt the menstrual cycle and ovulation.
PCOS is a common hormonal disorder that can lead to irregular ovulation or anovulation (lack of ovulation).

Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can affect the menstrual cycle and ovulation.

Ovulation can become irregular as a woman approaches menopause. Fertility typically declines after the age of 35.
Both smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can negatively impact fertility and disrupt the ovulation cycle.
Some medications, such as certain antidepressants, antipsychotics, and chemotherapy drugs, may affect ovulation.
Exposure to environmental pollutants, toxins, and certain chemicals may interfere with hormonal balance and ovulation.
Disruptions to the sleep – wake cycle or chronic sleep deprivation can affect the body’s hormonal regulation and impact ovulation.

How to Keep Your Ovulation Cycle Healthy:

Having a healthy ovulation cycle is crucial for reproductive health. Here are some lifestyle and health practices that may contribute to a healthy ovulation cycle:
Consume a well-balanced diet with a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
Maintain a healthy weight as both underweight and overweight conditions can affect ovulation.
Drink plenty of water to stay well-hydrated, which is important for overall health, including reproductive function.
Practice stress-reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindfulness.
Regular and moderate-intensity exercise can help you regulate your hormones and contribute to overall health.
Quit smoking, as it can adversely affect fertility and ovulation.
Minimize exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants whenever possible.
Schedule regular check-ups with your healthcare provider for reproductive health assessments.
Engage in regular, unprotected sexual intercourse during your fertile window, which is typically around the time of ovulation.

When Should You See a Doctor?

If you are experiencing irregularities in your menstrual cycle or concerns about ovulation you must consult with a healthcare professional. They can help identify the underlying cause and recommend appropriate interventions or treatments. Eva IVF & Women’s Centre has many doctors who can help you if you have irregular menstrual cycles.