Random Question About Ovulation

Discussion in 'Long Term TTC & Fertility Issues' started by babywishes14, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. babywishes14

    babywishes14 Active Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm not a regular poster on here but I am always viewing when I get time.

    I have a very random and silly question which I don't know the answer to!

    Do you have to ovulate in order to have a period?

    The reason I ask is that I had a blighted ovum back in August last year & didn't get a period until two weeks ago!!! Yes that's a long time I know!
    Doctor had just referred me for a scan to check for PCOS!

    So just wondering if my body had stopped ovulating during this time hence no periods?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Lara_M

    Lara_M Well-Known Member

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    Ahhhh well the answer to this is no you don't have to ovulate to have a period. Sometimes - particularly in pcos an LH surge can be detected but no follicle released, then period still comes. My doc told me this the other day. X
     
  3. LouiseB

    LouiseB Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to disagree and say that yes, you need to ovulate for a period to occur.

    When you ovulate, the remaining follicle is what causes the progesterone increase that thickens the lining and it is that lining that comes out as a period.

    No ovulation, no progesterone, no lining, no period.
     
  4. kirstymichelle

    kirstymichelle Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes the body sheds its lining naturally , this is what gives to the longer cycles. I didnt ovulate at all and blood tests confirmed this but i still had a bleed. Its not a period as such its a shed x
     
  5. babywishes14

    babywishes14 Active Member

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    Thank you for the replies ladies, why is reproduction & women's bodies so complicated!!!!
     
  6. Lara_M

    Lara_M Well-Known Member

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    I think PCOS is the exception though because what happens is, instead of ovulating - we prepare to ovulate but instead just a naff follicle is there and does not get released properly. this has happened to me a number of times. I still bleed and I still have an LH surge but the egg never makes it out. And on those cycles I never get a temp rise. :eek:(

    Its actually happening to me at the moment on clomid. I had the LH surge but no ovulation. So probably what happened is my follicle was reabsorbed. I now only have little rubbishy follicles there but my lining is still increasing.

    Bloody PCOS its such a pain in the neck x
     

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