Late Ovulation

    Q: Is late ovulation a problem?

    A: The following are possible causes and effects of late (or early) ovulation:

    • With too-late or too-early ovulation you may be releasing eggs that have not matured properly. Improperly matured eggs are not as good for fertilization and implantation as eggs that have matured properly.
    • The reproductive system (hormone levels) is not in sync when eggs mature late, thus further decreasing the chance of pregnancy.
    • The lining of the uterus (endometrium) may not be ready for implantation when too much time has passed since the last menstrual period. The egg may have become fertilized but the blastocyst (the fertilized egg) arrives in the uterus late and it cannot implant properly because the lining is not appropriate.
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