Post # 16
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Post # 22
Thank you so much for all your replies, you’ve all been super helpful!! 🙂 It’s good to talk to actual people who are going through and have been through the same sort of thing rather than just generalised articles.
Still no sign of AF… part of me just wants it to come now so I can put this month behind me because I think it’s highly unlikely that the negative result I had was due to testing too early. That is what I’m finding most frustrating since coming off the pill, after years of knowing the exact day I’d get my withdrawl bleed, adjusting to now having no idea even which week my period will come is stressful. Mainly the not knowing if I’m late part, or if I’m going to miss it completely this month. The longer it stays away the more I sort of get my hopes up that it’s for the reason I want but then I think realistically it hasn’t been that long since I came off the pill and I end up doing a test and getting disappointed.
I just want it to come now, hopefully around the 40 day mark so at least my body is showing signs of sort of trying to regulate my cycles, then we can get back to proactively trying. It’s so crazy how scared/worried of getting pregnant I used to be if I missed one pill back in the day and now that I’ve researched TTC a bit more I just think wow, I had no idea, I was worrying over such a tiny percent chance. Yet here I am now after 4 months of unprotected sex thinking why is not working?! lol!
Anyway enough of me rambling on…. just wanted to come on to say thank you for all of your advice, I shall keep you all posted. 🙂