(Closed) Long Cycles – Am I ovulating?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 16
1727 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I had super long cycles too. About 37 days. I was ovulating the whole time but it was just super late. Around cd 27. I ended going to the doctor and he prescribed me Clomid to help my body ovulate early with a stronger ovulation. 

Post # 17
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I had 39+ cycles for a while as well.  My RE doctor and acupuncturist told me while I am ovulating, the egg is considered healthy when you ovulate between 11-20 days, hence you’ll get your period between 29-35 days.  However, any period coming later than 35 days it is possible that your progesterone level, during day 1-7, is too low, hence it takes a longer time to prepare the egg and it’s then considered an unhealthy egg.

I did both acupuncture and took pills that increased my progesterone, so I started getting my period with 29-33 days.  However I’m still TTC so there’s a chance that the docs are just talking mumble-jumbo.

Post # 18
28 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

I agree with the PP who said read Taking Charge of Your Fertility. You’ll understand things so much better after that, and then temping/charting will be a lot less intimidating. 

After coming off the pill (had been on for about 15 years), I started with really long irregular cycles and had the same questions as you. Once I started to chart/temp, I was able to be a lot more confident that I was ovulating, but that for me it doesn’t happen until day 19/20.

Post # 19
211 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I have very irregular cycles- 50-60 days most of the time. I’m 9 weeks pregnant with my first so yes it’s possible! 

Post # 20
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Hello. I second everyone’s advice about using cheap OPKs and temping.

To reassure you, I came off the pill in February after 10 years and experienced 40 day ish cycles with light 3 day or so periods. After worrying that I wasn’t ovulating I invested in the book ‘Taking Charge of Your Fertility’, a bbt thermometer and OPKs (which I took every day from CD10 until I had a clear temperature shift) to find that I do in fact ovulate but not until CD27-28.

My third cycle was a bit odd where I had three lots of positive OPKs around CD15, CD18 and again CD25-27 (which is why OPKs can get confusing because you can have more than one LH surge where your body tries to ovulate but fails) with confirmed ovulation (by temps) on CD27/28. I got my BFP!!

If you’re not up to the OPKs and temping (and I totally get why you may not be as I did find it stressful) then I would recommend that you BD every 2-3 days until your period. If you’ve had regular 40 day cycles then, in my experience, its likely you are ovulating just later than you perhaps think.

Post # 21
1450 posts
Bumble bee

broody88 :  I have long cycles 35-40 days and I do ovulate on my own.  Doctor says my ovulation is just not very effective on my own.  It is very possible to ovulate with long cycles.

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