early ovulation(10 posts) (6 voices)
Does anyone know what causes early ovulation, and how this can be remedied? I seem to ovulate around day 9/10 - and then it all goes quiet..
I would like to know,too. Every dr i have ever
asked always said it was my age,but i have always
ovulated early,and as a result have short cycles,
24-26 days instead of 28. It was a standing joke
in my family that I was "always on the rag".
I have taken vitex and that has made the 2nd half
of my cycles longer,but hasn't changed ovulation.
I hope some of you can help us. Patty
HI, I'm an early ovulator too, usually on Day 11. When I was in my early 20's I got pregnant easily, one healthy baby followed by a series of miscarriages. After extensive workup, my RE believes that my eggs were always a bit immature due to the shortened follicular phase (first half) of my cycle which translates into early ovulation. Immature eggs can cause both infertility and miscarriage, because the egg quality just isn't there, and may not fertilize at all or may not develop properly even if it does fertilize. Follicles need to be around 16-20 mm in size at ovulation, and women who ovulate early don't get the benefit of full follicular growth, so end up ovulating follicles around 12 or 14mm or even smaller. The docs like to see a follicular phase of at least 12 days and preferably 14-16 days long.
If you are interested in natural therapies, you might consult a naturopath about Vitex and False Unicorn Root. I took these for one month and ovulated on Day 14 and my cycle extended from 25 days to a more normative 28 days. I still didn't get pregnant, but it was a start.
We decided to go ahead and do gonadotropin stimulation, which doesn't necessarily lengthen the follicular phase, in fact, sometimes it shortens it! But the follicle growth is rapid, resulting in mature eggs around Day 10-14, depending on the individual and their response to gonadotropins.
Hope that helps. Good luck!
While it is true that cycles may shorten with advancing age, I too always had a short cycle of 26 days and always knew when I ovulated because I had mittelschmertz, or the sharp pinch in my ovary on Day 11.
I asked my doc why I was an early ovulator even when I was younger, and he said it may have something to do with the sensitivity of the hormone feedback system which triggers ovulation. For example, no matter what day it is, my body simply wants to ovulate when there is an egg at 14mm, period. We discovered this when we started doing mid cycle ultrasounds to measure the size of my follicles, both on meds and off meds. I don't have a clear understanding of the physiologyy of this so won't try to explain it. Something to do with estrogen levels reaching a certain point which triggers LH which triggers ovulation.
I had a miscarriage 2 years ago,when I got
pregnant spontaneously. I ovulated on that
cycle at around day 10,so what you are saying
makes sense. I didn't ovulate this month until
day 15,so I guess the vitex is doing it's job.
it's just taking awhile. I will stay on it.
I have to ask my naturopath about False unicorn
root also. I see her again in early May
Thanks a million. Patty
Hi Patty, I am taking false unicorn root extract. I think it was the main component in the return of my cycles. I also wanted to mention that my last baby was conceived early in the cycle (around cd 9) and it was a great pregnancy and I gave birth to a healthy fullterm 8 lb. 12 oz. boy...obviously the egg was mature enough.
There is much controversy over the mature egg issue/ early ovulation....my personal experiance tells me all the facts are not in on this one.
I had a cd11 u/s last month and had a 22mm follicle on a natural cycle, so early o doesn't necessarily mean the follicles are small.
I read that many women ovulate early and it is not abnormal--there is nothing to fix. I ovulated on
Day 9 and am now 17 weeks pregnant. At least we ovulate!
I did not mean to imply that ALL early ovulations result in immature eggs, only that there is a high probability, and the reason has to do with the briefer "egg growing time" during the follicular phase. For me, this was certainly the case, verified scientifically by ultrasound measurements. When you are having a difficult time conceiving, or are a recurrent aborter, as I am, you want to leave no stone unturned in trying to understand the cause of your losses. Some women can produce a nice plump egg in 10 days--more power to ya! My body obviously needs a bit more time to cook, and women who have the same problem might be helped by having all the facts.
After 2 miscarriages,I guess I'm not the
quickest "cooker" either. Taking vitex seems
to be helping the situation. I didn't ovulate
until day 15 this time. Patty
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