How are ovulation problems diagnosed?

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Prior to ovulation, diagnostic tests are utilized to define the cause of the problem. These tests may include:
  • Basal body temperature charts
  • Ultrasound
  • Ovulation predictor urine tests
  • Progesterone levels
  • Endometrial biopsy
It is also necessary to rule out other causes of ovulatory problems by testing for thyroid, pituitary, or adrenal dysfunction. These glands are tested by a single blood sample on which hormonal tests can be run (TSH, Prolactin, DHEA-S). Other causes of ovulatory dysfunction that might be evaluated include polycystic ovary syndrome, ovarian failure, or hypothalamic dysfunction.
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