Long cycle causing pre-ttc worries

posted 3 years ago in TTC
  • poll: What should I do for now?
    Further investigate ovulation : (9 votes)
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  • Post # 3
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    3519 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    It’s never too early to start charting.  That way, when you do start TTC, you will have a baseline.  Good luck!

    Post # 6
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    526 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @Idling:  Definitely start charting!  If you see a temperature shift, you’ll know you’re ovulating.  I charted right away, coming off the pill, and it was very reassuring to see temperature shifts.  One month, I didn’t see one, and assumed it must have been annovulatory, which doubly reassured me on the other months, if that makes sense.  It took us about 8 months to get pregnant.  In that time, my cycles ran from between 35 and 39 days.

    Post # 7
    cherrypieBee
    1059 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

    Just chart with cervical fluid and temps. It’s seriously 60 seconds of your day. If you’re ovulating, you’re ok with long cycles. If not, you at least have good data for when you start troubleshooting.

    Post # 8
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    61 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Hi! I have a 35 day cycle and have been temping and charting my cervical mucous for 6 months. I definitely ovulate (temp spikes, noticeable change in CM and ovulation pain.)

    I think you should absolutely start charting as it may take you a few months to see a pattern and work out what your cycles do. Plus it’s also actually really neat when you see what your body is doing. I love it!  I recommend temping and checking your CM. Buy an ovulation thermometer and then there is heaps of info about how to do it online.

    Post # 10
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    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My cycles are long-ish (30-35 days) so not too long but never only 28 days!  I started temping about 8 months before we TTC.  

    Post # 11
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    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Idling:  I had longer cycles 36-37 days when I came off BC.  Not quite as long as yours, but I got pregnant the second cycle off and I wasn’t charting or anything.  It was pure luck that the one time we had unprotected sex I got pregnant.  If you know you want to TTC in the near future and you’re concerned about not ovulating/ovulating late, I don’t think it hurts to chart or use OPKs just to see if you even are ovulating and get a general idea when, especially if you are a worrier.  You don’t have to necessarily bring your husband into it all with the details.  You can definitely use OPKs without him being aware.  You don’t have to run up to him being like I’m ovulating, we have to have sex!  Just keep it quiet and once you decide to TTC, just initiate sex on days when you know you’re fertile! 😉  That’s what I would do at least.  Good luck!

    FWIW, I think a lot of people tend to worry about the worst case scenario when starting to TTC and most of those people had nothing to worry about to begin with. So, just try and stay positive and not worry until you know you have something to worry about.  I thought I would have trouble getting pregnant simply because I never had any pregnancy scares even though I was never that diligent about taking BC on time and I knew tons of people who got pregnant on the pill.  Well, as my mother always warned me (which I used to roll my eyes at) it only takes one time! 😉

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