The ovulation is a phase of the menstrual cycle which takes place inside the ovary. The ovary releases an egg towards the Fallopian tubes; this egg becomes fertile in 24 hours while the sperm can live up to 120 hours in the Fallopian tubes waiting for an egg to fertilize. A complete menstrual cycle lasts approximately 28 days even if it can change according to each woman and it usually starts on the first day of the menstruation and ends the day before the next period. Menstrual periods are considered normal when they range from 24 to 35 days even if many women with irregular cycles can have longer or shorter periods. This can usually cause much concern to women with uncommon cycles.
Is it possible getting pregnant when you have irregular menstrual cycles?
We talk about irregular period when it is longer or shorter than 24 to 35 days (with more than a difference of 4 days). Heavy bleeding or menstrual cycles which last more than a week indicate some disorder related to the cycle. These irregular periods usually depend on a malfunction in the production of hormones which are responsible for controlling the ovarian cycle and produced in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. This problem can be due to several disorders such as the ovarian polycystic disorder, sexually transmitted disease or other reasons which are not related to genitalia such as anemia, diabetes or thyroid conditions.
In any case, having irregular cycles doesn’t mean that it is impossible carry on a pregnancy so this imbalance is not a synonym of infertility. However, it is true that achieving the dream to have a baby can be more difficult in this case. If you have irregular cycles, it is important consulting a specialist in order to find out the reason of the problem. Sometimes it may occur that the woman doesn’t produce ovulation during the menstruation and many times it can be solved through a controlled hormones’ administration.
The assisted reproduction is a recommended option even if the menstrual period is taken under control even though the pregnancy cannot be achieved. The treatment will depend on each patient’s case after being evaluated by a specialist. At Eva Clinics the consultations are always free and you can make an appointment and receive information without obligation. If you have any doubts about this topic, we wait for your visit in order to help you.