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What could cause me not to ovulate?

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This month I had my progesterone levels checked and they were low which indicated I hadn't ovulated. I have always had regular periods so I cant understand how I am not ovulating. What could cause me not to ovulate?

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replied January 6th, 2012
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Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Yes, it is possible to have regular periods without ovulation. Such a cycle is called anovulatory cycle. Cycles can become anovulatory due to prolonged use of oral contraceptives, depot shots, eating disorders, increased prolactin, polycystic ovary syndrome, hypothalamic dysfunction, luteal phase defects, or tumors of the pituitary gland adrenal gland or ovaries.

Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please discuss these possibilities with your gynecologist once. Hope this helps. Take care!

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