Post # 1
Help me out bees as I am a bit confused. I am trying to figure out my “average cycle length” and it is a bit confusing.
Web MD has my ACL as 32 days but how on earth did it come up with this? I have my period dates back to January and per my silly calculations the average is 37 days. What am I doing wrong?
Here are the lengths: 34, 29, 26, 38, 33, 31, 33. Crazy and all over the place!
Anyone have some insight on this? It is hard to calculate your ovulation time without this.
Post # 3
@Treejewel19: They use the word “average”, but what they really mean is take the shortest and longest cycles, add them and divide by 2. 26+38=64/2=32. This is a total math question! Wait when I add all the numbers and divide by 7 I get 32 as well.
As far as ovulation, I suggest you chart like measuring your temperature, checking CM and using OPKs. Send me a PM if you have more questions.
Post # 4
if what you are looking for is your ovulation time, you should start temping (taking your basal body temperature). not everyone ovulates exactly halfway through their cycle.
also, get some opk strips. temping will tell you afterwards when you ovulated, but OPKs will give you some hints when you are close to it.
Post # 6
@Treejewel19: Since you only had one cycle over 37 days and the rest are pretty far under 37, I’d say that the 32 day average is correct.
Also to chime in regarding ovulation, I highly recommend trying the Amazon cheapie OPKs that come in the pack of 50 (use them twice a day once you see EWCM). I used those just to get a handle on my ovulation day as your ovulation day really could be any day in that cycle and then you can figure out how long your LP is. From the general pattern that you have, I’d say you probably ovulated on a different day each time so don’t let an app try to tell you when you ovulate as that is based on the “average” woman’s LP and not necessarily your LP.
Post # 7
Echoing others’ suggestions, if you’re looking for your ovulation date, you need to do more than just look to averages – every woman is different! Plus, your cycle can change some from month to month, and from the range in your cycle lengths, your ovulation date likely has been different each cycle. Tracking your temperatures is the only sure-fire way to pinpoint your ovulation date, but OPKs (or simply observing your cervical mucus) can give you a heads-up as to when it’s likely coming.
Post # 8
I got 32
I agree with the others about figuring out ovuation…you really need to at the very least be monitoring your CM or using OPK’s…My cycles averaged around 27 days but were anywhere from 22 to 28….I had a heck of a time concieving until I started paying attentiont o my CM and using OPK’s I got pregnant on teh first try.
Post # 9
@Treejewel19: I got it as 32 too. Added them all up and divided the total by number of records.
Post # 10
Also, just as an explanation of how I and others are saying you likely O’ed different days each cycle – your luteal phase (the time between ovulation and the start of your period) tends to be consistent from cycle to cycle. If you assumed a 14-day luteal phase (which, again, you’d only know for sure from charting temps), you would have O’ed anywhere between cycle day 12 and cycle day 24 during those cycles (that’s why going by averages really isn’t helpful).