Ovulatory Dysfunction

Ovulation is the release of an egg from the ovary. This must happen in order to achieve pregnancy naturally. If ovulation is irregular, but not completely absent, this is called oligoovulation. Complete absence of ovulation is called anovulation. Ovulatory dysfunction is a common cause of female infertility, occurring in up to 40 percent of infertile women.

Usually, women with ovulatory dysfunction will have irregular periods. In the worst case, they may not get their cycles at all. If your cycle occurs shorter than 21 days, or longer than 36 days, you may have ovulatory dysfunction. If your cycles fall within the normal range of 21 to 36 days, but the length of your cycles blood flow varies widely from month to month, that may also be a sign of ovulatory dysfunction.