Searching for Irregularities

OvaTel is a fertility monitor designed to help women conceive. Through the saliva, it tests the amount of estrogen in the body at given times during the menstrual cycle. The estrogen salts produced, dry into a ferning pattern to alert a woman when she is fertile. This is the case only if her estrogen and menstrual cycles are normal. If her cycles are irregular, OvaTel can help to diagnose this too.

What Irregular Cycles Can Mean to Your Clients

Many women spend the majority of their life on some form of birth control. This will dictate what type of “cycle” they have. What many women are not aware of is that they are not having a cycle when on hormonal contraception. It is a lack of a cycle.

A normal female menstrual cycle consists of 2 phases and 1 event – the follicular phase, the luteal phase, and ovulation. The follicular phase is when follicles produce estrogen and make a mature egg. The luteal phase is when the now empty follicle produces progesterone to sustain the possible pregnancy that could occur. Ovulation is a single event that occurs once or twice per cycle and lasts only for 12-24 hours. It is the actual release and life of a mature ovum.

If your clients have any irregularities, you will want to be made aware of these for many reasons. Irregularities can be the withdrawal from hormonal birth control or the start or continuation to something else. Finding the source is the main goal if your clients are to be healthy and get pregnant. Menstrual irregularities can mean a lot to your patients and should be diagnosed as early as possible.

The Cause of Menstrual Irregularities

With all the possible causes of menstrual irregularities, OvaTel can help tell you what hormones may be out of place. If estrogen looks normal then one can run other female tests, but also focus more on male factor as that could be an issue. When estrogen looks abnormal a panel of blood work can be done to help figure out where the problem lies. Most tests are done on day 3 or 4 of a woman’s menstrual cycle. This is because as a woman’s cycle starts and progresses, her hormone levels change to indicate where she is and when she will ovulate.

OvaTel will help you with impatient clients in the way that it will tell couples whether or not their estrogen is normal and ovulation is occurring. If there seems to be no issues with estrogen or ovulation, then it is best to advise clients to keep trying for 3 consecutive cycles and time intercourse correctly. If after the advised time your clients are still struggling to become pregnant, then further diagnostics are in order.

The best way to determine why menstrual irregularities are happening is to start off with the most common issue – coming off hormonal birth control. Many clients are not aware that birth control can take time to get fully out of your system and it can be longer till your body actually has a normal cycle. People assume that if you are not taking your pill, patch, ring, or shot, you will fall pregnant the next day. This is rarely the case. Often times woman are left with many irregular cycles that can take up to 18 plus months to get back on track depending on the type of birth control they are on.

OvaTel can help a woman coming off birth control for the first time in years, see when and if she regains her fertility. Depending on the type of birth control she just got off of, a woman can expect at least three cycles (some forms can take over 18 months) to get of her system enough to regain ovulation.

For many women coming off birth control, this is a scary time. Some women were on the pill or other contraption for irregular cycles to begin with and find they simply return to this unstable pattern. For other women, birth control can leave them more irregular than before. OvaTel will allow your patients to track whether ovulation is occurring and when. If birth control is not an issue, then other types of conditions can be looked at as the possible cause.

When Follicles Go Bad

When follicles fail to grow or mature, there are many issues on hand. Since Estrogen is needed to make follicles grow, and is made by the actual follicle, it is very easy to figure out when a woman is not producing eggs if she is using OvaTel.

If a woman never gets a ferning reading from her OvaTel fertility monitor, she can conclude that ovulation is not occurring for some reason. The actual diagnosis will need to be determined, but would probably go on for months if not years if she was not using OvaTel and instructed as to what to expect from her body. Some women have very regular cycles, yet are not producing enough estrogen to make mature eggs and ovulate each month.

When follicles cease to produce estrogen in high amounts, more than just fertility is at risk. Estrogen in women controls bone density, as well as many other functions. Women are at their peak bone health during their child bearing years when they are producing estrogen during follicle maturation each cycle. Each month there are many follicles fighting for the number one position. They each make estrogen in higher and higher amounts till one egg takes the lead. If a woman is not having this happen, it can mean endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, ovarian failure, or other causes.

OvaTel can help a woman see that her cycle is not right and then come to you for the right tests to figure it out. Treatment should be something a woman has to fight for. If her cycles indicate a possible hormonal imbalance after 3 consecutive months of charting, she is entitled to help so her condition does not worsen over time.

Other Phase Issues to Consider

If a woman is not ovulating it can be relatively easy to diagnose. OvaTel will pick this up fast. There is another phase to the menstrual cycle, and it is just as important as the 1st phase. The luteal phase is the time from ovulation till the next menses begins. This time is critical in a woman’s life. This is the time that if fertilization has occurred, she will be expecting implantation and pregnancy to occur as well. Unfortunately for most women, this is the most depressing and frustrating part of their cycle. After the egg is released, there is little one can do to ensure pregnancy will occur. There are, however, medical issues that charting in MyCycleDiary can detect.

A fertilized egg takes approximately 6 days to reach the uterus from the tube. It can take up to another 6 days for implantation to occur. If the time from ovulation till her next menses is less than 12 days, implantation can be interrupted and the embryo will not be able to attach or attach properly. This is called luteal phase defect.

There are many reasons for LPD, but they all result in difficulty getting pregnant and early pregnancy loss. OvaTel can tell you and your patients what type of luteal phase defect they have. Some forms are due to poor progesterone production, others include:

No matter what type of luteal phase defect your client has, OvaTel and MyCycleDiary can help you and your patients find out fast before they have too many early losses. This way ovulation inducers and/or progesterone supplements can be provided if needed.