Anovulatory Periods

It’s common to assume that our period is a sign that we’re ovulating normally but as we come into perimenopause that’s not always the case. Sudden changes to hormone levels can trigger anovulatory cycles.⠀

An anovulatory period is when we don’t ovulate, when the ovaries don’t release an egg. If we don’t ovulate we don’t produce progesterone and it’s this hormone that helps a woman’s body maintain regular periods and prepare the body for pregnancy. If you’re having a period every 24 to 35 days, it’s likely that you’re ovulating normally. ⠀
During an anovulatory cycle, an insufficient level of progesterone can lead to heavy bleeding, and as our egg store depletes, our ovaries start taking longer each month to get going and our cycle starts to vary in length. Without the calming effects of progesterone to balance out our oestrogen we then experience the symptoms of oestrogen dominance.