Does irregular menses affect the chances of getting pregnant?
Dear doctor, I am 29 this year and I have irregular menses over the past 3 years. I might only get menses once a year. I would like to check if that will affect my chances of getting pregnant?
If you are only having menses once a year, this is highly unusual and I would highly suggest that you see a gynaecologist for evaluation.
Normal cycle length usually ranges between 24 to 38 days - that is, most women would have a menstrual bleed a month.
While some women do have a longer cycle length of say 45 to even 60 days, a history of having menses only 2-3 times a year would immediately alert the gynaecologist to look for the possibility of polycystic ovarian syndrome.
This is a condition whereby the eggs of the ovary do not develop to maturity enough to ovulate, hence there are many eggs that are "arrested" in mid phase.
These eggs continue to produce the female hormone estrogen, which stimulate and thicken the womb lining, but yet...
Regular menstruation is an indicator of regular ovulation.
This is the release of the egg for fertilisation. If this happens once every 6 months you can imagine what your chances of getting pregnant are.
Once every 6 months as opposed to every month.
So yes, having irregular menses does adversely affect your chances of getting pregnant./html>