Post # 1
I came off the pill 5 months ago and I’ve had really long cycles (38-46 days) since coming stopping. I’m just wondering for those of you who had long cycles after stopping the pill did it gradually return to around 28 days or was it a sudden change back to normal?
I’m chartig and using OPKs and I dont want to miss my O but I don’t want to waste a bunch of tests testing way to early.
Post # 3
@Laurencw: When do you start testing with OPKs? You are probably ovulating around cycle day 25 to 32. Do you check for cervical mucus? It also helps to pinpoint when you are close to ovulating. You can also start testing when you see the egg white mucus.
Post # 4
@Laurencw: I am wondering what people’s experience with this is as well. I’ve had one cycle off BC, 39 days. I’m on CD12 of my second cycle and can’t stop myself from using the opk again even though I went through a ton of them last month. I don’t feel I have the patience to wait another 2+ weeks to ovulate this month, but obviously I don’t have a choice. I keep thinking that if I were having “normal” cycles, I would be firmly in my fertile week and am just so annoyed that I’m not.
Post # 5
@PatientBee: I completely understand… this is our 4th cycle trying and I’m so frustrated with my long cycles. If I was regular we would be on cycle 6! Sigh TTC is hard! Hopefully yours will shorten soon! 🙂
Post # 6
@candy11: I have gotten positives on my OPKs each month so I know I ovulate around day 27-30 i’m just wondering if I should even bother trying to test before that to see if my cycle is shortening. I have a hard time tracking CM so its not really helpful for me… Thanks for the suggestion though!
Post # 7
@Laurencw: While long, if you’re ovulating in about a 3 day window, I’d say you are pretty regular, you just have super long cycles. That’s annoying, sure. Mine are also on the long side.
If you’re concerned about your cycles getting shorter, rather than OPKs, I’d just suggest paying attention to your cervical fluid. Definitely don’t start testing until it’s “wet” or “eggwhite.” (If you can hold off, hold off for EWCM).
Post # 8
@Laurencw: If it makes you feel better, I have been off BCP’s for almost a year and I’m still having long irregular cycles. I have talked to my doctor about it, and she basically said not to worry, that it’s not a sign of not ovulating, and it just is what it is. I think it’s pretty rare to actually have a 28 day cycle and those stupid pills confuse us into thinking that’s the norm! For the record, my cycles have been anywhere between 35-48 days.
Post # 9
@whitums: +1 I’ve been off for nearly a year too, and my cycles average about 30-32 days, with one month (delayed ovulation – moving/stress) being about 35 or 36 days.
That 28 day thing is cr@p! haha.
Post # 10
Thanks ladies! Sigh guess I just have long cycles!