Thursday, March 25, 2010

Is There A Link Between Late Ovulation And Miscarriage?


I recently read (in "Making Babies" by Dr. Sami David) that a follicular phase that lasts more than 20 days is a problem because it means the estrogen is building up too slowly which results in deterioration in egg quality and an increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities.

I recently experienced a missed miscarriage at 11 weeks. The cycle I conceived, my follicular phase was 30 days and I'm wondering if continued late ovulation could be increasing my risks of experiencing this again? Your thoughts?

J. from New York


Hello J. from the U.S.,

I do not agree with Dr. David, and do not know where he would get that information. There is no relationship between follicular phase length and miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur because of some overt abnormality of the embryo or pregnancy, and usually are specific just to that particular pregnancy. Most patients with miscarriages will ultimately have a successful pregnancy.

Good Luck,

Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG
Executive Medical Director
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey Bay IVF Program
Monterey, California, U.S.A.
Twitter with me at @montereybayivf

1 comment:

  1. One of the infertility cause that I would like to point out is STRESS. The pressure of trying hard to get pregnant is already enough reason. Stress can can make your hormones go of the chart if your not careful. As we know women are very sensitive which means that any small irritation or persistent unpleasant situation could prevent a woman from getting pregnant.
    Women who are unable to conceive often experience a loss of self-esteem, depression, anger, and anxiety over disappointing their partner. Men may begin to feel guilty, and start questioning their "manliness" resulting in relationship problems and reduced sexual activity. The couple does not enjoy sex anymore.



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