Post # 1
Apologies that this has probably been asked a million times before. I came off Microgynon at the beginning of March after 10 years, had my usual withdrawl bleed but then had nothing until 49 days later. I thought ok, well that’s probably just my body trying to get back to regulating itself. But my next period again was 40 days and was super light and only lasted like 3 days. I’m currently on day 37 and still no sign of my monthly, have also taken a pregnancy test yesterday which was negative. I’ve read about the LH surge sticks and with such long cycles I’d spend a fortune and drive myself crazy I think. Same with charting my temp. Only having a fertile period of 5-6 days a month I thought would be stressful enough but the length mine are going makes it even worse because I have no idea when I’m meant to be ovulating or if I even am. Everything I read on google says anything over 35 days means you probably aren’t. 🙁
I know it’s really early days but I don’t remember ever being that regular before I went on the pill though that was a super long time ago like age 14-18.
Just looking for some advice from other irregular cycled members as I keep reading about people with 28 day cycles stressing and I’m just sorta wishing for a normal cycle right now to put my mind at rest.
Thanks for your help 🙂
Post # 2
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
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
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 # 5
I have no idea where to even begin with charting, like when is best to do it and things. I’ve read that the ovulation kits can be confusing because there’s always a bit of LH in your urine so there could always be a second line but it’s down to you to judge how dark the second line is. I’ve also read that you can miss the surge by hours as it sometimes doesn’t last very long.
Temp’wise I am clueless about other than that people say it can sometimes be the more reliable option? No idea if this is true though so just on here to ask for advice really.
And to see if there are any other 40ish day cycle members on here who know they are ovulating?
Thanks for your replies tho!! 🙂
Post # 6
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 # 7
mrsc0116 : Hoping so too! TTC seems to be complicated enough without having no clue when you’re ovulating! To think I’ve spent 10 years actively avoiding getting pregnant too, when you’re ready to it’s hard not to get impatient!
Post # 8
pinkshoes : That’s comforting in itself to read as whenever you google long cycles it only ever seems to be quite negative on the whole ovulation front so to hear it from an actual person and not just an article is helpful. I realise all cases are different though. I struggle with knowing when to start using the OPK’s without knowing exactly how long my cycle length is because that’s all the instructions seem to go off. Do I just use them from week 2 after my period continually? Because I imagine using them on week one is pretty pointless.
Post # 9
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
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
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
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
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!
Post # 14
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
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. 🙁
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! 🙂
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 🙂