Ovulation with Irregular Periods

on Nov 09, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Ovulation with Irregular Periods

Even with irregular periods, you can track your ovulation! Find out the best ways to track when you ovulate without a regular 28-30 day menstrual cycle.

If you have irregular periods, it can certainly make getting pregnant a more difficult task, but it does not mean that it is impossible by any means. Your menstrual period is one of the key ways to calculate when you are ovulating, and in turn, when it is most likely for you to get pregnant. If you have regular periods, calculating when you are ovulating is fairly simple and usually pretty accurate. However, if your periods are irregular, it can be harder to determine when you are ovulating, and it can be very frustrating for many women who want to get pregnant. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Chart your periods

The first step to trying to track your ovulation if you have irregular periods would be to chart your periods. Once you have charted and tracked your periods for a few months, you might be able to notice a pattern, although it might not be the same pattern that other women have. Maybe you only get your period every other month, or every forty days. If you chart your cycles for a few months, sometimes you will find out that your periods are in fact, regular, even if they are not “normal” cycles that we usually think of, or the normal 28 to 30 day cycle. You might still have a normal, regular cycle that is just longer. You will never know this unless you track your cycles.

Physical changes

If you can’t use the calendar to find out when you are ovulating, you might have to use your own body to physically keep track of when you are ovulating. One easy way to know when you are ovulating is to keep track of your cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is the normal, regular discharge that all women have. When you are ovulating, your cervical mucus will become clear, thick and stretchy, almost like the whites of an egg. That is how you can tell when you are ovulating. You can also use a finger to physically feel your cervix. When you are ovulating, your cervix will change from it’s original position of hard and firm, to kind of soft and moist, and your cervix can even tilt during ovulation, and you will be able to feel that.

Chart your basal body temperature

Your body has some small, subtle changes during ovulation as well; one of them is your basal body temperature. Your basal body temperature is the temperature of your body at rest, or when you first wake up in the morning and before you do anything. You have to have a special BBT thermometer to take your basal body temperature. A BBT thermometer is a very sensitive thermometer that detects very small, subtle changes in your temperature. When you are ovulating, your temperature will spike by as much as one half a degree to one whole degree. You usually have to chart your temperature for a few months to notice the spike, and it can be a very slow process.

Tracking and charting your ovulation when you have irregular periods can be a little bit difficult and can sometimes be slow, painstaking work, but it is not impossible. By following some of these tips and tricks, you can easily figure out when you are ovulating even if your periods are not regular.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • lahiri

    Hello doctor after my first baby born I have irregular cycle which comes 41 to 43 days sometimes 56 and 63 which is rare. My last cycle came in 56 days. I am trying to conceive for 2nd baby. I took blood test and ultrasound before my last cycle , it was fine. According to doctors prescription first time I have tested OPK. After 40 days I got only one day dark test line than control line in my 43 day cycle and having intercourse 39.41,43,44 and 46 day of cycle. Today is 48 day in my cycle. Last night I was feeling vomiting and could not sleep. Breast pain also which is same in all my cycle. Sometimes feeling lower belly cramping but not any fixed side.Is there any possibility of pregnancy. When I can do my pregnancy test ?

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  • Secretgirl

    Hi doctors i have irregular periods. My last period was oct 15 and my bf and i had sex with my bf last oct29. I tested last december 2 and it was positive. Although im wondering bec normally my period would skip around 1month,how did it happen that the test already said positive?

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  • Apsara

    I have my period cycle between 29-31 days and it keeps on varying every month but sometimes it comes on 26th day also but doesnt go beyond 31days. The main issue is i dont have bleeding till 3rd or 4th day or even it delays to 5th day and it will last for one day only. For the first 2,3 days i wil be having brown discharge. Im trying to get pregnant for the last 1 year. I have hyper thyroid and taking 88mg dose. It is under control anyways. Please help me with tips to get pregnant as soon as possible

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  • Joy

    I did my my period on 4th of October and refused to flow again until 24th of December, is it possible to conceive with this because I don’t know when ovulation date would be, please I need help, thanks.

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  • Micah

    I’ve started having irregular periods for 3 years now, I can go 2 1/2-3 months before I get another period. I use a calendar but my ovulation length changes every time I put my period start date in. Before my period comes on it have more pregnancy symptoms, which is confusing since my boyfriend and I am trying to conceive. I advice would help and or tips on how to irregulars my period so it can be easier to track my ovulation date.

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  • Ashley thomas

    I started taking conceive easy I was late in my cycle when I started taking it so I already ovulated December 20 I’m suppose to start my period on 1/6 I took an ovulation test today and it’s positive. What could this mean?

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  • Anna

    Little lost here i have a almost 2 yr old. And almost 8 months.
    We want to consive again im normally 30 day cycle. My husband and I tried to get pregnant in November and December im finding it hard to conceive it only took once with both of my boys. So not its January and i was 5 days late how do i know when my fertile days are going to be. So making that 35 days between periods

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  • Saloni

    Hi,I have periods of 28 days but I got married on 23 November and I got my period on 8th but in December I got my period on 14th. In January I got my period on 31st. Then in February and march I didn’t get my period and on 17th April I got my period and had sex on 3rd day,which means last day of my period. How can I conceive with this type of irregularities? Please help.

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  • Sam

    My last period was March 14th, which lasted 2 days and my cycles are normally around 29-31 days. However I missed my period this month in April, I’m currently 10 days late and have had blood tests and HPT which are negative. I have never missed periods before, always very regular, I started when I was 11, I’m now 29 and was on/off the pill for 10 years – I stopped the pill 5 months ago. I took an OPT this morning and it came up as positive. If I have missed my period and I am now ovulating, how do I calculate how long my cycle was for March/April? Thank you.

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