Ovulatory Dysfunction


Women with ovulatory dysfunction may fail to ovulate (anovulation) or have disordered/sporadic ovulation (oligo-ovulation). When an egg is not released from the ovary, natural fertilization and conception is not possible. If ovulation is reduced or irregular, opportunities for conception are also diminished, resulting in infertility.

When menstrual cycles are irregular (shorter than 21 days, or longer than 35 days), or if menses are skipped or absent, ovulatory dysfunction is diagnosed. Occasionally, women with regular monthly menses may also fail to ovulate, which can be confirmed using ultrasound examinations, ovulation prediction kits, and blood testing.

Establishing the exact cause for ovulatory dysfunction may prove to be a difficult task. There are many different factors which can lead to anovulation or disordered ovulation. Such factors may include generalized stress/anxiety, hormonal imbalance, eating disorders (anorexia/bulimia), excessive exercise, central nervous system abnormalities, cancer therapy, genetic disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), obesity, and unexplained factors, among others. A careful history and physical examination can often establish the diagnosis and suggest a specific cause, which often requires additional testing for confirmation (blood work, imaging studies...).

Establishing a specific cause for ovulatory dysfunction is important in order to determine a customized treatment protocol. Occasionally, simple interventions such as behavioral changes or the correction of a specific hormonal imbalance can lead to resumption in normal ovulatory cycles. Sometimes, specific diagnoses require ovulation induction with various orally ingested medications (Clomiphene citrate, Tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors, Metformin...) or, if needed, injectable hormones, often with excellent results.

The California Center for Reproductive Health specializes in diagnosing and treating anovulation/oligo-ovulation. After a comprehensive work-up, simple treatments are initially employed to achieve ovulation and pregnancy.

Eliran Mor, MD

Reproductive Endocrinologist located in Encino, Santa Monica, Valencia & West Hollywood, CA

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Doctor Mor received his medical degree from Tel Aviv University-Sackler School of Medicine in Israel. He completed a four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Subsequently, Dr. Mor completed a three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California. Doctor Mor is Board Certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Throughout his career Dr. Mor has researched many topics in infertility and human reproduction, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); emergency contraception; neuroendocrinology; insulin resistance; male factor infertility; donor sperm insemination; tubal factor infertility; IVF stimulation protocols; congenital uterine anomalies; tubal gamete/embryo transfer (GIFT/ZIFT/TET); pregnancy at advanced reproductive age; and hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and continues to do so today. He is a member, in excellent standing, of multiple prestigious medical societies, including the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS), the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and remains a Clinical Instructor at USC.

Doctor Mor is one fertility expert who is constantly striving to stay on the cutting-edge of fertility treatments and human reproduction. In addition to monthly Journal Club meetings/publication review sessions and educational seminars/lectures, Dr. Mor attends at least two major Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility meetings each year in an effort to present his patients with the latest in innovative reproductive care. Only interventions that have been tested and validated through multiple good studies are adopted in Dr. Mor’s practice, in an effort to administer safe and effective treatments to achieve a healthy pregnancy.

A true “patients’ doctor,” Dr. Mor is and will be your physician throughout your fertility journey! All consultations, after-hour inquiries, pelvic examinations, ultrasound examinations, diagnostic procedures, assisted reproductive procedures (egg retrievals, embryo transfers...), and surgical procedures, if needed, will be performed by Dr. Mor. Involvement in every aspect of your fertility care and complete micromanagement of your treatment makes Dr. Mor your ideal partner in your path to becoming pregnant.

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Doctor Mor is a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility expert with extensive experience in the most advanced fertility treatments available. Under his leadership, CCRH has become renowned for superior reproductive care, receiving rave reviews year after year. The Center is a boutique practice with exceptionally personalized service, customized and individually-tailored to each person or couple's needs with unmatched results.

Great emphasis is placed on proper testing and accurate
diagnosis, allowing for safe and effective treatments to achieve the ultimate outcome – a healthy baby!

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The physicians and staff of the California Center for Reproductive Health are dedicated to patient education and care. The Center is affiliated with several prestigious medical societies and organizations aimed at educating both healthcare professionals and patients and at improving patient care. The following is a list of professional affiliations:

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