Irregular Cycles - Knowing What Is Not Normal

There are many reasons why a woman may have an irregular cycle. Most women who are in perfect reproductive and physical condition still have one to three irregular cycles in a given year. These should never be consecutive. MyCycleDiary and OvaTel can help your patients keep better track of their cycles to be able to tell if they are normal or not. There are several circumstances that constitute an irregular cycle, including –

Mid-Cycle Bleeding

There are many reasons for mid-cycle bleeding or spotting. The most common is annovulation. When the body has not matured and released an egg in a cycle, spotting tends to be the result. While in some rare cases ovulation can spark a day of spotting, it is very uncommon.

Spotting is also common 24-48 hours prior to the onset of one’s menstrual period. When the bleeding or spotting begins any more than 48 hours prior to the beginning of a period, it is most likely a progesterone deficiency. Most often this is caused by a luteal phase defect when the corpus luteum dies prematurely bringing on menses. A true luteal defect is when the time from ovulation until menses is less than 12 days long.

OvaTel and MyCycleDiary allows women to keep track of odd spotting and bleeding, as well as the time from ovulation until their next menses. Doctors are better equipped to help women who chart these issues for 3 cycles in a row. You as a health care professional will be able to see where the trouble is and run the proper tests to diagnose it.

Cycle Length

The length of a woman’s cycle is always a bit of a controversy. Many women assume that 28-30 is the norm, when the truth is that a normal cycle can last from 24 – 40 days. Irregular cycles are common in women with too much body fat or too little. Weight control can help to manage these women. There are so many more women who have undiagnosed issues regarding their cycles.

Many health care professionals assume hormone birth control is the answer. This can do more harm than good. It is not normal to have only 3-4 menstrual cycles per year when not on hormonal birth control. A woman with normal hormone levels should have 15 – 9 cycles per year, depending on when she ovulates in her cycle. Women with shorter or longer cycles are usually annovulatory and need diagnostic testing to find out why. Not treating a hormone problem early in a woman’s life can lead her to have more complications when she is ready to conceive.

OvaTel and MyCycleDiary allow your female patients to chart their cycle length and see if ovulation was achieved during a cycle or not. You can then point out to your female clients that cycles may vary by one or two days in the follicular phase, but should remain the same length in the luteal phase. This will make a woman’s cycle roughly the same length each time. It will be very clear to you if she is not menstruating properly and if more help is needed.

Annovulation, Late Ovulation, and Luteal Phase Defect

As a health care profession, diagnosing why your client is not getting pregnant is important. There are so many reasons why this may not be happening. If you have your patient using the OvaTel mini-scope as well as MyCycleDiary to chart her symptoms, you will have a clearer view as to why.

Annovulation is when the egg fails to leave the follicle for whatever reason. This could be due to lack of estrogen, a failure to respond to the estrogen made, or premature ovarian failure, just to name a few. Many women will get the classic symptoms of ovulation without actually releasing the egg. This is why using both OvaTel to measure estrogen along with MyCycleDiary to look for post ovulation symptoms, is so very important.

Late ovulation can be the cause of many issues when it comes to getting and staying pregnant. The later the ovulation the longer the egg stays in the follicle. For some women this is normal and her body just takes longer to mature an egg. For many women this causes other issues.

If your client has regular cycles, yet her ovulation is less than 12 days from the onset of her next period, this could be an issue. OvaTel will be able to give a clue to when ovulation occurred, while MyCycleDiary will track the time until her next menses. Early menses can be a progesterone deficiency, an over mature ovum, or not allow the fertilized egg to implant correctly or in time. Using the OvaTel, MyCycleDiary combination allows you, as a health care professional, to track this and help your patient fix these issues that can lead to continuous difficulty getting pregnant and repeated pregnancy loss.

When there is a Diagnosis

Diagnosing the problem is only half of it. Many women suffer from such issues as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or Endometriosis. These conditions can range from severe to mild – and anywhere in between. Most women will have to spend years dealing with their reproductive issues before being cared for properly. This can be a thing of the past if all doctors require women to use OvaTel and MyCycleDiary to help women track their cycles for such problems. Early detection is important for those with these conditions. While birth control can aid those clients who are not trying to conceive, other interventions are critical for those trying.

Looking at the symptoms and patterns of your clients’ charts, you will be able to diagnose these women earlier. This means early treatment that can save the reproductive health of thousands of women and reduce their physical and emotional suffering greatly. There is no reason for your patients to suffer anymore, just rely on the OvaTel and MyCycleDiary combo to help you do what is right.