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There could be a number of reasons for irregular cycles, and for an infertile woman , having irregular periods is very stressful, because they cannot make sense of their reproductive cycle. An understanding of the biology involved  will make this  easier to deal with.

Irregular periods are common in infertile women. However, many women are very confused about the relation between irregular periods and their infertility. They naively assume that once their periods become regular, they will conceive. While it's easy to make the periods regular by putting a woman on birth control pills, this will obviously not help her to get pregnant.

A Symptom

You need to remember that just like infertility is only a symptom, and not a diagnosis, irregular periods are also just a symptom of an underlying problem called anovulation, or not ovulating. It is the underlying anovulation which causes both the irregular periods and the infertility, and this is what needs to be treated.

Infertile women with irregular periods need the following medical tests: blood test for measuring the level of the reproductive hormones, AMH, FSH, LH, PRL and TSH on Day 3 of their cycle, so we can find out what the reason for the anovulation is.

The Challenges 

However, one of the problems they face is that it's often very difficult for them to get their medical tests done:

  • Doctors are often not very co-operative
  • There can be long waiting lists to see a specialist in the USA 
  • Moreover, some of these tests can cost a bomb 

Finally, there is now a much better alternative for infertile couples. In collaboration with MyMedLab, we now offer infertile couples in the USA a chance to get their blood tested for the five key reproductive hormones - AMH, FSH,LH,PRL and TSH, and estradiol.

Order your own tests !

You can do this at MyMedLab !

Once we know what the problem is, then we can treat it by inducing ovulation !

Read more- Irregular periods & Infertility


Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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