(Closed) Long Cycles – Am I ovulating?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Even with a long cycle, you could be ovulating…or you may not be.  The only way to tell is by using OPKs or temping, or having bloodwork done by your doctor.  

FWIW, you can buy cheap OPKs in bulk online, and just test once a day until you start to see a line, and then I’d test 2x a day until you get a positive. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

You can ovulate with cycles over 35 days, it just doesn’t happen until later in your cycle if it does.  Go online and buy wondfos, you can get 50 of them for $20.  Only way to determine if you are ovulating is by temping or having bloodwork done.  Sometimes it can take months to regulate after being on the pill.

Have you been charting the whole time or just recently?  Charts/temping can really help you see what is going on.  I would say if you still have long long cycles by 6 months post-pill I would see your doctor they might be able to give you something to help regulate/shorten your cycles.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

No advice, just wanted to say I’m in the same boat! Came off Microlite at the end of May and had my withdrawl bleed. Currently on day 46 and no sign of anything yet. I tried cheap OPK’s a couple of times in the last few weeks with very mixed results, got faint lines a couple of days running (which I believe are negative) then blanks, then more faint lines again (got the faint lines three weekends in a row!) I’m hoping its just an adjustment period!

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

There’s no way to tell unless you chart, but I had even longer cycles.. anywhere from 36 upwards of 60 days and I did ovulate so long cycles definitely does not mean youre not ovulating.  I agree that OPKs and temping for soooo long and just waiting sucks.  Look on amazon for the cheapie Wondfo OPKs.  I also paid close attention to CM and I noticed more EW-ish CM and a change, I’d usually start OPK and temping up again more diligently and I always caught my O date.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I have pretty weird cycles myself and just downloaded a free app to get a general idea of what was going on.  Mine have varied between 34 and 38 days, so not quite as bad as yours, but the app (clue) adjusted to it and is as accurate as it can be since I’m inconsistent.  Prior to that I had no idea one could feel their ovulation occurring but now I notice it almost every time and it’s always in the window the program shows me.  Might be a good way to start if you don’t want to pay for whatever a kit entails.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

broody88 :  my RE told me that it’s highly unlikely I was ovulating on my cycles that were over 35 days, but mine were all over the map for a bit. He told me to cut waaaaaay back on the caffeine while TTC (as in no more than a medium cup of real coffee per day, but since I want to drink more than that I switched to decaf) and my cycles have been much more regular. 

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

broody88 :  Yeah, before I started taking note of CM, I usually started my OPKs around CD14.  I think a sure sign though is to pay attention to CM.  I’d start OPKs when (TMI warning) I noticed CM wasn’t as thick/yellowish white anymore.  Then after a while and getting to know my timing/CM, I was able to wait until I started EWCM, and sure enough 2-4 days later I’d get my positive OPK and temp spike a day later so I only ended up having to use OPK and temp for 5-7 days a cycle.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

broody88 :  To temp, you just get a basal thermometer ($10) and take your temperature every morning at the same time.  Usually when you wake up, when you’ve had plenty of sleep.  Key is to do it at the same time.  Then you record your temps.  Your temps are lower before Ovulation and then shift higher after ovulation.  It usually corresponds to to other signs, like cervical fluid.  That goes from dry to sticky/creamy and then to fertile (watery or egg white) and then back to dry/sticky/creamy.  In theory, you would most likely ovulate the last day that you have fertile quality cervical fluid.  Having longer cycles, you might gear up to O multiple times but only O on the last one.  So you might see batches of fertile quality cervical fluid.  Like I said, temping is the only way to confirm O on your own.

Ovulation tests you really need to use everyday when you think you are close to ovulating, using them sporadically does no good.  Generally this depends on your cycle length.  http://www.early-pregnancy-tests.com/calendar.html   Yes, you will always have a second line, the test line will darken up considerably just before it darkens up even more (to be even or darker with the test line).  Once it is positive, you usually O 12-48 hours later. 

Fertility Friend is probably the best app to use to temp and record signs like cervical fluid.

I would strongly recommend you read Taking Charge of Your Fertility, you can get a used copy for a few $$.  It will answer most of your questions and help you to understand how everything works.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My cycles were super long (40-60 days) and have managed to get pregnant twice with long cycles! I’m 11 weeks now with #2. This last time, I ended up also doing acupuncture to see if that would help with both cycle length and fertility. It took about 6 months for #2 (4 cycles) and 2ish months (2 cycles) with my daughter. I know how frustrating the “unknown” can be though!Β 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

broody88 :  “Everything I read on google says anything over 35 days means you probably aren’t.”  

If it makes you feel better, I also have highly irregular cycles, but about half the time it would run about 39 days. I’m pregnant right now so I obviously ovulated.  

Don’t believe everything Dr. Google tries to tell you.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

This was my first cycle TTC after coming off BCP.  I have never paid attention or kept track of my cycle, so I have no clue about anything thats going on in my body lol.  I started using OPK’s on CD 13, twice a day, until I finally got a true positive on CD24 (also confirmed by temp spike).  My CM wasn’t a super reliable source since it was so inconsistent (my temps were all over the place too!).  Without charting and OPK’s I would have definitely miscalculated my O date. πŸ™

I bought the Easy @ Home strips on Amazon, I believe they were around $20 with free 2 day shipping if you have a Prime account.  They worked really well for me!  Once I had what I thought was a +, I would confirm the + with a ClearBlue digital OPK.

Here’s my chart if you wanted a reference: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/65a54a

It’s SO frustrating having a long and unpredictable cycle (especially since everything is out of whack from coming off BCP), but knowing that you’re actually ovulating will bring you such peace of mind, trust me.  Best of luck to you! πŸ™‚

 

PS – Upon my countless googlings, I found that there are many women out there who have long cycles who are able to conceive just fine πŸ™‚

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