Why you are ovulating late (or not at all) | Viewer’s question!

Why you are ovulating late (or not at all) | Viewer’s question!

October 31, 2019 100 By William Morgan


– So you have started charting or you’ve been charting for a while now and you’ve come to the conclusion that you ovulate a little bit later or much later than the
textbook cycle day 14 and now you are left wondering why. So shall we chat about what could be the underlying reasons for that? (positive music) Hello lovelies and welcome
to another one of my videos in which we’ll be talking about why you might be ovulating late. And this is actually a viewer’s question by Ayesha from India. She recently asked me
what could be the reason that I’m ovulating late? And she’s really not the only one but she was the last and
I thought (hand smacking) time to make a video. I will cover the five most
common hormonal reasons for ovulating late and one non hormonal. And these are not all
the reasons in the world but they are the most common and they will point you to the direction of what’s going on for you. But it is really important to actually interpret your chart properly not just based on ovulation but also based on your temperatures and other symptoms that
you might be having. So if you’re interested in
me interpreting your chart, then make sure to sign up my mailing list because I occasionally run webinars where I am interpreting your charts. And especially now that
I’m on maternity leave, and I have no more fertility
assessments available, sorry, the webinars are
the best spot to sign up to get my eyes on your chart. And now, before we go into the reasons of you ovulating late, we
first need to establish if you are actually ovulating late. So that first of all means that you should be charting properly. And not just using ovulation tests because that doesn’t tell
you when your ovulating. If you’re not 100% sure if
you’re charting properly, then make sure to check out the video that I did on topic Three Steps to Get Started With Charting. I will link it in the course up here as well as in the description down below. Secondly, ovulating late is a bit of a broad concept, isn’t it. Cycle day 14 has been considered
the textbook ovulation day but if you always ovulate on day 15 or 16, there’s not necessarily a problem. And if you occasionally ovulate day 15, 16 or even day 17, 18, again,
that doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s a huge problem. If you however always or most of the time ovulate later than day 17 or
often don’t ovulate at all, then I think it’s important to look at the underlying reason. And lastly, I need to encourage you, if you’re ovulating late, that doesn’t mean you cannot fall pregnant it just makes it even more important that you actually chart, that you’re able to interpret
your fertility signs so that you can identify when
your fertile window opens and you can catch that egg. So the first reason that
you might be ovulating late is that you have high testosterone. And the reason for this could be that you are struggling with PCOS, or that you have hyperthyroidism. And these are two completely
different conditions but they both have the
result of high testosterone that interferes with ovulation. So you might not ovulate at all, you may have an anovulatory cycles, or you may be ovulating late. If you struggle with high testosterone, then it is quite unlikely
that you will always ovulate on day 19 or always ovulate on day 20. It is more common for you to
have very irregular cycles and to ovulate at different times, or as I said, some cycles
not ovulate at all. If you already know that you have PCOS, make sure to check the PCOS playlist that is ever growing. I will link it up here, of course, and in the description. But if you’re not sure if you have PCOS, some symptoms of PCOS are
struggling with weight gain, and also excess hair growth. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism are symptoms of a high metabolism, so you might get hungry very quickly but lose weight very quickly, you might feel hot often, and you might perspire a lot, and you could get quite a bit agitated. And in your charts you will
generally see high temperatures. But it is important to get checked out if you suspect that you either
have PCOS or hyperthyroidism and not just go based on these symptoms but they give you some clues of what might be going on for you. The second reason that you
might be ovulating late is that FSH might be low. Now, we always fear FSH being high because it show that
menopause is imminent. Not completely true but
that’s a different story. But if FSH is low we have an issue, too because FSH is follicle simulating hormone and that is what matures the eggs and as the eggs mature, estrogen goes up. Estrogen communicates to our body that the eggs are ready and that at least should be released so that the eggs can be released. So what you will often see is if FSH is indeed low,
that you will see signs of estrogen being low. And you can see that in your chart or in your fertility signs by not having any cervical mucus, not having a lot of cervical mucus, or it showing up quite late or not getting any raw
egg white cervical mucus. If you’re wondering what could be causing low FSH, it’s often because your interior pituitary
gland is imbalanced and that can also be the result of taking contraceptives, so
the hormonal contraceptives, whether that’s the coil,
injection, or the pill. Or because you’ve been
taking fertility drugs or because you’ve had
labor drugs in the past. And then not so much the epidural but I’m talking about
things that induce labor, so oxytocin, Pitocin, Syntocinon, however you want to call
it wherever you are. The third reason that you
could be ovulating late is that prolactin is high. I talked about prolactin
in a recent video on Vitex, so if you are interested in that make sure to click on the
link in the course up here or in the description
down below, as always. But prolactin we know as
the milk producing hormone and it has way more functions than that but the gist of it is if your prolactin is high,
it suppresses ovulation. And the reason that prolactin
might be high for you could be you’re breast feeding,
that could be a reason, or you’re still breast
feeding a little bit. Another reason could be
that you have low dopamine and low dopamine is often the case when you’re just not having
enough fun in your life. So hey, that should be a quite easy fix, if that is an issue for you. But I talk about the low
dopamine relationship with high prolactin in
that Vitex video as well, so if you’re interested in that mechanism, make sure to check out that
video or the blog post series that I did on Vitex, which I
will link down below as well. And thirdly is not as common but it does happen and
it doesn’t have to be something very terrible but it’s possible that there is a tumor pressing on your interior pituitary gland. And as I said, it can just be benign, it doesn’t have to be something terrible but if that’s the case, that does make your
interior pituitary gland produce more prolactin. There could be another reason that you’re producing too much prolactin and that has to do with another hormone, which we’ll cover later on in this video. The fourth reason that you
could be ovulating late is because cortisol is high. Because if your cortisol is high, that means that your stressed out. And yes, of course that
could be do to life or because you’re busy, or
because of relationship issues, financial matters is a big
one obviously, jobs, family. But it doesn’t always need
to be emotional stress it can also be physical stress because it has the same
effect on your body. And examples of physical
stress are you getting sick, so just a simple cold could
even bring up your cortisol, which would explain why you
would ovulate late that cycle. But it could also be that you
have an ongoing inflammation in your body, maybe you
have an autoimmune disease that you do or don’t know about. Or it could be that you’re struggling with your sugar balance. So if you’re pre-diabetic or
you have insulin resistance then that is an issue for sure because if your sugar drops too much, than that is stress for your body because your body basically
thinks that you are starving. So also, when you are crash dieting, or if you struggle with
anorexia or bulimia, then those are also reasons for
your body to be stressed out and then as a result, not ovulate at all or in the best case
scenario, ovulate late. And the way that this
impacts your fertility and your ovulation is that
in order for your body to produce cortisol, it uses pregnenolone. But pregnenolone is also used to produce estrogen and progesterone, which is what you need
for ovulation, right. At least the estrogen
you need for ovulation, and progesterone is what
you produce after ovulation. Now, if your body is stressed out and it needs to produce cortisol, it’s going to do that first and not care about the sex hormones. So make sure to get your stress down whatever the cause is. Reason number five for a late
ovulation could be high TSH. And if you have high TSH, it says something about your thyroid or your interior pituitary gland. And I mention the interior
pituitary gland earlier when I talked about prolactin. Now, if your interior pituitary gland is a little bit in overdrive, that could mean that it is
is producing too much TSH and yelling at your thyroid to do its job when your thyroid is fine. However, it’s also
possible that your thyroid is sluggish and you struggle
with hyperthyroidism and you are not producing
enough thyroid hormones and that is telling your
interior pituitary gland to keep yelling at your
thyroid to do its job even though it’s not really able to do it. The problem with high TSH in itself is that that brings up prolactin and, I mentioned earlier, that that interferes with ovulation. But generally speaking, hypothyroidism is also an issue for ovulation and for fertility because it just means that your metabolism isn’t right. And this is often the
result of stress as well so if you’ve been living
with high cortisol levels for a long period of time, your thyroid will actually be your friend and as I always say, slam the breaks, make you tired, cold, and grow fat so that maybe you will
hibernate and take a break so that you can restore,
bring cortisol levels down, and get back to your non-stressy self. However, there are also
obviously autoimmune reason for hyperthyroidism, so it’s always worthwhile
to get his checked out but it’s also good to
know if you have symptoms that are of hyperthyroidism, that it’s not always a matter
of your thyroid is sick it could just be a
result of longterm stress and that you can take of at home yourself. And then there is one last reason, reason number six that
I want to cover today for late ovulation and that is if you are taking
antiinflammatory medication. Studies have shown that if you take that, that definitely can affect your ovulation. You may ovulate late, or again, not at all so consider if you really
need to be taking these antiinflammatory, if you’re on those and otherwise discuss it with your doctor if they have been prescribed rather then that they’re over the counter. So now you know the most common reasons for late ovulation or lack of ovulation and some of them are chronic but you see that some are also temporary and can easily be fixed by you. Especially when it has
something to do with just a temporary illness or with stress that you can get on top of. And if you are not ovulating late but you’re ovulating early and you want to know why,
let me know in the comments that that’s the next video
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