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Ovulation with Irregular Periods

on Nov 09, 2012

by Michelle Pearson

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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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Michelle is a busy mother to 2 boys and a prolific vlogger on subjects ranging from practical how-to tips for moms to chronicling her own pregnancy week-by-week on her popular YouTube channel ImaMommyof1.

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  • MrsB

    I started this product two months ago, a month after taking this my flow came, second bottles period was suppose to come the 7th of October today is now the 22nd of October and my flow still haven’t came so I took one of the best the come with the conceive easy two month box first two months and the test came out negative.. Wondering what’s going on and if this happen before

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  • Layla

    I’m 30 and have always had regular periods until 3 months ago! It just stoped all of a sudden and since then nothing not even cramps or sore breasts!
    Now I’m wondering if I even ovulate as we want to get pregnant’
    Help please!

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    You need to visit your doctor and have your hormone levels checked as to know why your periods suddenly stopped and have it treated. This is probably because of a hormonal imbalance. You need to have your regular periods back to increase your chances of conceiving sooner.

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  • Marie

    I had a 23 day cycle but normally 25 day do.I go with the 23 day this mmonth or my normal 25day

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  • Ange Carman

    Hi I have a irregular period and I have been using a maybe baby i seen ferns (no period in October) and we had sex once on the 23 of November an it said i was ovulating and then again on the 26 on my woman log app it showed i was fertile to I was due for my period on the 5 of December an on the 7 of December I started spotting some brown it went for 1 an half days but only when i wipe or saw brown when testing my mucus could i be pregnant or is it a old period I am a little sore in breast an feel sick every now an then ! test of wee in morning first wee said yes later in day no help I am confused

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  • MissjoR

    Hi we have just started trying for a baby but my periods are so irregular,I normally have one every 2 months,and its around the same time as my 13 year old daughter although she has only had about 5/6 herself ..she is is regular though….last month I was due on but my period did not come just a very light spotting for a day or 2 ..only when I wiped to,my period is normally very heavy,So I thought as I didn’t have a proper period I would get one this month,but nothing I have taken 3 pregnancy tests this month and they are all negative,and have no there signs but the bottom of my stomach gets a weird pulled muscle feeling,its worse if I cough,but it dose not feel like craps…is it possible to be pregnant and its not showing up yet or is it unlikeable dues to my irregularity?

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  • divine

    hi i have an irregular period this is the first time i started tracking it the beginning of the year it came in January February didn’t come in March it went on like that until august for the rest of the month i got my period every month but the days vary from 28 to 32 then it would change anyway i have a 4yr old son and am planning to have a next baby but this time its very hard and am get frustrated what can i do

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  • Chantal Rodriguez

    Hey in july i missed my period, went to the doctor and she confirmed i had a dominant follicular cyst. She prescribed provera to me for seven days which i took in August. After that my period has never been the same, i can no longer trace it and i am confused. It didnt show up October, came nover didnt show up in december and now its here in january. So i am wondering could the provera cause this to be happening?

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  • dee

    I have irregular periods. I had sex while my period tracker said I was fertile and now I am 6 days late according to the tracker. Should I be worried about a possible pregnancy?

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  • Jessica

    Hi, I have a cycle of 27-30 days. I was wondering when I might be ovulating? And am I ovulating every month since I get my period every month?

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  • beautymine

    i miss my period last month is it because february is a short month, because i saw it march 1-3 real real lite normally my second day i flow but not this month

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  • lilbit

    Me and my husband have been trying to have our second child since we started my periods have went from normal cycle to off schedule making it harder to track my ovulation times. What could be wrong with me?

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  • Katara

    I had my period on March 2, 2014 and it lasted until March 9,2014 and today it has come back only 10 days later.. I calculated ovulation and the days were from 03/12-03/18/2014 .. why would I be bleeding again in the same month so close together .. what could this mean ?

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  • oliben

    Hi im 37 yrs old, i have 2 boys age 5 & 8. Im trying to conceive a girl. I have irregular periods, my period this month lasted only after 4 days. We had unprotected sex on the 1st, 3rd & 5th day after my last period. Do you think i can get pregnant? Yesterday i felt strong crampy at my lower ab & today theres a light brown discharge when i wipe. Am i pregnant already?

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  • Haley

    I am worried.. I have irregular periods my whole life ..I am 20 years old and I weight 225 pounds .. I never know when Iam ovulating my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant but I am starting to think I can’t have one …any suggestions?

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  • chaos21

    Hello I don’t want children and I don’t have health insurance and I think I’m pregnant Im 21 and the. Last time i had sex was the 15th my periods are very very irregular and come every two or three Months I’ve been trying to get on birth control and am soon but I have been feeling fine until today I waited two weeks then took a test that was negative I’ve taken three actually and they are negative but i have not been discharging barely and idk what’s wrong every time i have sex i don’t discharge afterwards i need help though I don’t know what to do. I Was constipated though for like two weeks until now. But I still barely eat

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  • neha

    hi, i have a normal cycle, but after having unprotected sex, it is increased by 5-6 days. in that condition what is my ovulation date ? is it acording to 30 days cycle or 35-36 days ? pls reply me ?

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  • confused

    I am 22 years old. Since my puberty, my periods are irregular. But i discover sth about my body and it is so weird. When i had sex multiple times in a month, my periods have 28 days regular schedule. Or even it is late, after sex in one week my bleeding starts. i cant explain this issue to no body. But if i didnt have sex for one month or more, my periods became irregular and i missed one month or more. It is so annoying for me. Should i used oral contraceptives to help my cycles?

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  • see vang

    Hi I need help. I haven’t had my period for couples of months now. I have gain weights and been stressing over my father and brothers death. But a week ago when I wipe I did see a light brown.. what should I do? Help me

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  • Slybabe

    I have 3 kids,all girls. 12,10 and 8 years old. I want to try one more for a boy. I got pregnant a year ago and lost the baby at 4 months. Is been hard to conceive again. My period starts every 28 days before but now irregular. Comes 25,26 or 27 days. How do I know when to have sex so I can get pregnant? I wonder if something went wrong from the last pregnancy.

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  • Maureen Moh

    I have very short cycles of between 18-24 days. how do I calculate my fertile days. I’ve been TTC for the last 4 years

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  • Kabsa

    My periods is irregular n i dont want to get pregnant now but before a week we had unsafe sex so i m in problem do i get pregnant.? Need your help

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