Help, please: How to know when fertile when OC ranges from 26 days to 41 days??

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

MrsSmith072013:  if you visit you can sign for free emails that explain everything from fertile signs to how to chart your temperature to confirm your ovulation date. I have really weird cycles and I’m now 17 weeks along! Good luck!

Post # 4
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

MrsSmith072013:  It’s very common to be irregular after going off the pill. It took me 6+ months before I saw any regularity in my cycle. I agree with above posters and you’ll find an abundance of information on and TCOYF book. I would suggest buying a basal thermometer that will tell you when you’ve ovulated. Basically, after your period, your temperature remains below your “coverline” and after you ovulate, your temperature will remain high. You can also order ovulation predictor kits on Amazon, they’re strips that you dip into your urine. When the test line is just as dark or darker than the control line, it indicates your pending ovulation. Good luck!!

Post # 5
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

MrsSmith072013:  I’ll echo the recommendations of both of the PPs.  I chart my menstrual cycles to learn more about my body in preparation for TTC in June, and when I started I did the charting course through Fertility Friend (basically a clear, straighforward little nugget of information each day for about a month) and I read Taking Charge of Your Fertility.  Both were extremely helpful and informative.  Obviously, as I’m a charter, I’d highly recommend you consider charting your cycles!  Especially since you have an irregular cycle, it will really help you get a handle on what’s going on with your body.  Basically, by taking a couple minutes a day to pay attention to your body, you can get a lot of information about your health and fertility.

If you do decide to chart, please come join us in the Charters thread!  We’re all happy to answer questions and help you analyze your chart as you get used to it all.

Post # 6
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Agree with PP’s. Temping, using OPK’s and checking your CM and position would be a good start. Good luck! 

Post # 7
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I also agree that charting is a great idea! I think it really helped me to get pregnant really quickly. The book and website mentioned above are great! And definitely check out the charters thread! The ladies there’s are super nice and helpful!

Post # 8
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with the above posters. Fertility Friend is helpful and explains cycles in an easy to understand way and it’s very easy to enter the data and read it. I found OPKs very helpful also  (cheap wondfos on amazon did the trick) and temping is a good idea too, but I only managed a month. Those will help you figure out what you fertile days are so you aren’t feeling like you have to have sex for 3 wks straight

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