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Anovulatory bleeding

Anovulatory bleeding is bleeding from the vagina without ovulation. The majority of women have a monthly cycle which produces a variety of changes to the lining of the uterus reading for the implantation of a fertilised egg. If the egg isn’t fertilised then it is shed, along with the lining of the womb as a ‘period’ (menstrual bleed).

However, if no egg is produced then the whole cycle is disrupted meaning that the lining of the uterus is still lost, but not regularly. This means that periods become irregular.

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It is quite common to suffer from Anovulatory Bleeding in the first few years after the onset of puberty and it only really becomes a problem if a woman is trying to conceive, where the majority of ovulation failures are believed to be a result of stress, deficiencies in the diet, obesity, excess production of the androgen (male) hormones, thyroid gland problems.

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Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational coach and founder of the Hysterectomy Association. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in the adoption and engagement of digital technologies. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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