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Can you have period without ovulating?

Well, let’s break it down.

In a typical menstrual cycle, ovulation is crucial. It happens every cycle for most women. First, an egg is released from the ovary. Then, hormone levels change—estrogen drops, then rises again. At the same time, progesterone levels go up and stay high. About two weeks later, these hormone levels drop, and menstruation starts. Usually, your period comes about two weeks after ovulation, unless you’re pregnant.

But What if You Get Your Period Without Ovulating? Is That Possible?


Sometimes, the ovaries develop follicles, but they don’t release mature eggs. Without a mature egg, there’s no corpus luteum formation. This situation is called anovulatory bleeding, anovulatory menstruation, or anovulatory cycle.

What are the causes and symptoms?

Many things can cause this, like delayed development, hormonal imbalances, stress, thyroid disorders, or certain medications. These issues can disrupt ovulation and cause abnormal bleeding.

Symptoms of anovulatory menstruation include irregular bleeding, varying amounts of blood, prolonged cycles, or repeated irregular vaginal bleeding. Some people may think their periods are normal, but tests like ultrasound or basal body temperature tracking can show otherwise.


Anovulatory dysfunctional uterine bleeding might mean months without periods followed by heavy bleeding. This can last for days or weeks and may lead to anaemia.

Doctors diagnose anovulatory menstruation through exams, checking endometrium thickness, observing vaginal discharge, or using imaging tests like ultrasound. Blood tests may also be done to check hormone levels.

Impact on Fertility

Anovulatory cycles can affect fertility. Conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often cause them, making conception harder by disrupting hormone balance and preventing egg release.

Without ovulation, the uterine lining may keep growing, leading to heavier or prolonged periods. This affects fertility because conception needs ovulation.

How to Manage and Treat

If you’re trying to conceive, knowing if you are ovulating is crucial.  Firstly, You can check ovulation at home. However, If still not sure, it is wise to see your healthcare professionals. They may give more accurate diagnosis and management plans.

Can Chinese Medicine Help?

Some find combining traditional Chinese medicine like acupuncture with conventional treatments helpful, particularly for managing anovulatory bleeding and hormonal imbalances.

At Almond Wellness Centre, our Chinese medicine practitioners offer fertility acupuncture and Chinese medicine remedies alongside conventional therapies for a holistic approach to reproductive health.

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