Having Your Period When Ovulation Has Not Occurred

Menstruation is something that should happen 12 to 16 days after a woman has ovulated, or released an egg. In most women, if the ovulation does not occur then she will not get her period. Months where a woman does not ovulate is known as anovulation and typically doesn’t happen all that often. In some women that have an anovulatory disorder, they may continue to bleed each month even though they are not having a true menstrual period. Bleeding that occurs when a woman has not ovulated is known as anovulatory bleeding and is not normal. So, technically speaking, one cannot get her menstrual period if she has not ovulated as a true period can only happen if ovulation has occurred.

In a case where a woman ovulates and does not get her period, she is almost always pregnant. If a woman does not ovulate but does get her period, she’s likely had an anovulatory cycle and usually occurs when your body does not provide enough estrogen to trigger the ovulation. What happens then is that the estrogen levels will drop slightly, causing estrogen withdrawal bleeding, that the woman may think is her period, when it is not. She may also experience a endometrium build up where the lining will thicken so much that it cannot sustain itself and the woman will start to bleed, this is commonly referred to as estrogen breakthrough bleeding and is more common than the estrogen withdrawal bleeding. Many women that have anovulatory disorders never experience a regular period; instead they spot from time to time, or have a heavy period from time to time.

It is hard for a woman to determine exactly what is going on in her body unless she is tracking her ovulation and menstrual cycles, which she may not be doing if she doesn’t know that there is a problem or she is not trying to become pregnant. Cycles in which ovulation doesn’t occur will typically appear different to a woman that normally experiences ovulation and a typical menstrual period as it will be lighter or heavier than the usual flow, though she may not realize that she has not ovulated and that is the reason for the change in her usual flow. If you aren’t sure whether you are experiencing anovulatory cycles, you should get with your doctor who can help you learn to chart you ovulation cycles over a period of time to determine exactly what is going on inside of your body. If your doctor does discover that you have an anovulatory disorder, he or she can work with you to help regulate your body and improve your chances of becoming pregnant or just achieve normal menstrual cycles.


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