Post # 1
I’ve been off of birth control for about 7 months now in hopes that my body would get nice and “regulated” by the time we are ready to TTC (in about 1 year from now). Surprisingly, my period was very regular after going off of birth control for the first 5 months. This surprised me because I used to have very irregular periods and would sometimes go months without a period at all.
Now… my body is back to its old ways. My period is over 1 week late (we are abstaining until the wedding, so no risk of pregnancy), and it was 2+ weeks late last month too. I am frustrated and worried that this is a sign that it will be very difficult TTC.
I’ve never been diagnosed with PCOS or any other issues related to irregular periods. I don’t have insane cramps or heavy bleeding when I get my period… It’s just entirely irregular.
Does anyone have any stories they can share about having an irregular period and it NOT meaning trouble TTC??
Post # 3
@inky_1: I have an ULTRA irregular period (20-45 day cycles), and I got pregnant first cycle!
Post # 4
I have nothing to say since I haven’t ever been pregnant but I was wondering the same thing! My ovulation date moves around all the time (28-42 day cyles) so if we ever tried to get KU I think that would be our biggest problem. I started charting so that I knew when my fertile window was. I see charts where women ovulate and get pregnant on cycle day 50, so it gives me hope!
Post # 5
I too have very irregular cycles ranging from30-60 days and got pregnant our 8th month of trying. But it was the first month of using ovulation tests that we got a BFP.
Post # 6
My cycles are anywhere from 32- 60 days and I have a beautiful daughter. Just BD every other day. The month I got pregnant was a 39 day cycle and I o’d on day 29 so your cycle lenght does not need to be regular to get pregnant you just need to have BD’d at the right time.
Post # 7
I have two friends who were sure they’d have trouble TTC due to highly irregular cycles, but both got pregnant first or second cycle.
I had cycles ranging from 28-45 or so days, and it took us 15 months plus treatment from a naturopath to get pregnant – my hormones were out of whack.
Ultimately you won’t know until you try! But good luck, hope you’re one of the (many!) lucky ones!
Post # 8
I’ve always had fairly irregular cycles, and I got pregnant the first time DH didn’t pull out. Sometimes it just seems like it’s the luck of the draw.
Post # 9
My cycles are off too – I was wondering if it is because of my medication for my back issues but my Dr. told me I am ok. I do drink soda – which I am trying to cut out but its hard. My cycles can be 32 days one month and 38-40 the next. It is off, off, off. I wish I knew the secret to regulating it. Looks like we are not alone, which is a comfort (sort of). I will keep you posted – this is our 2nd month of trying. We have been together for 7.5 years, I haven’t been on birth control for 6.5 years, but he used the PO method and it apparently has WORKED, because we haven’t even had a scare of being pregnant. We are now on our 2nd active month of really trying – by that I mean, every other day from the stop of last months period – until it either shows up or I am pregnant. I jinxed myself last month I think because I took a PT at 31 days out just hoping/thinking I could be, but it was negative and the next day she showed up. Here is the other weird thing: I always have symptoms of “monthly friends” arrival – severe breast tenderness, moodiness, a couple of pimples, so I figure if I have NO symptoms maybe I will be pregnant. Or that is my thought process…..
Post # 10
@hamikay: Can you explain your naturopath? How does it work? Did you take natural supplements? If yes, can you tell us which ones you think worked for you. Thanks.
Post # 11
@roxy821: Thanks Roxy for the advice, I hope this works for all of us. We are trying this method currently. It is nice to know there is hope for us off cycle women.
Post # 12
Essentially, she suggested a range of dietary and lifestyle changes, along with herbal supplements (I believe the main one for me was vitex) and my cycles regulated within 2 cycles, and I was pregnant on the 4th. The supplements really depends on your individual needs though, and some people will say that supplements made their cycles worse, so I’m not suggesting you start taking anything in particular, you should do your own research, or even better, find an expert to help you.
Post # 13
I have/had a very irregular period! Up to 40+ day cycles and sometimes regular 28 day cycles. I averaged about 35 days. And it did take us 6 months of not preventing only to get pregnant. So I wouldn’t doom yourself it’s very possible. =]
Post # 14
I have an irregular period and got pregnant on my second try, I charted for a while before which was not only useful in seeing any patterns in my cycle, but for determining my due date when I got pregnant. If you’re irregular, the method of determining your due date from your last period isn’t going to be very accurate. I also used OPKs, and for the second try I had a Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor, which was quite helpful!