This is a common question that we get asked fairly often…and with good reason!
If you’ve ever had one or two months with a normal period, only to be surprised the next month with spotting, horrible cramps, or a no-show period, you can understand how infuriating it can be to try to wrap your head around what is going on.
It’s even more frustrating when you’re already dealing with hormonal and cycle problems!
Since many of us try to approach issues holistically, having several months go by where your recent interventions are working is AWESOME!! And then completely disheartening when the symptoms all seems to come crashing back in. (Ask us how we know. Insert flashback to crying in the bathroom at work.)
The Handedness of Ovarian Function
Here’s the deal: just like the sides of our body, face, and/or hands can appear different, organs in the body don’t always function equally either. This is especially pertinent and true for our ovaries.
Whether it’s due to physical damage (endometriosis) or functional damage (poor hypothalamic or pituitary “messaging” to the ovaries) one of our ovaries can function worse than the one on the other side
Real Life Example
I’ll use myself (Alex) as a real life example:
I have severe endometrial damage to both of my ovaries. However, my right ovary has sustained considerably more damage to it than the left. Because of this, I have “left ovary months” where I feel amazing. And then I have “right ovary months” where I fail to create an egg that is mature, don’t ovulate, and spot from the time ovulation would have been to the time I get my period.
Occasionally, my right ovary will gather enough oomph to ovulate and the whole month goes smoothly. Sometimes it does this on its own. But I can also do things–such as stress control, adequate sleep, and good nutrition–that up my chances of having a “good right ovary month”.
If you’re reading along and feel like things are finally clicking for what is happening in your body, know you’re not alone! Many of us have different cycles based on the ovary that ovulates, even if the symptoms aren’t quite so black and white. In order to learn how to still thrive with this phenomenon of ovarian handedness, we believe it’s important extra important to live more in sync with your cycles.
By learning more about what your body needs based on which ovary is ovulating, you’re able to have fewer symptoms and an overall greater feeling of wellbeing.
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