When to worry with longer cycles

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

My cycles are all over the place. Anywhere from 28 to 39 days. I had no idea when I was ovulating or anything. I ordered ovulation sticks on amazon (these are the ones that are just test strip and detect the surge of lutenizing hormone) and I got pregnant the first cycle we started trying. Best of luck to you!

Post # 3
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve always had really wide-ranging cycles veering to the longer side, too – anywhere from 31-39 days.  Agree that ovulation sticks will help, and using an app like Ovia to track from month to month even when you have irregularities.  I would suggest maybe having your doctor run some basic tests, because for me I had a really short luteal phase (9 days from ovulation to my period) and it turned out I also had low progesterone which can make staying pregnant challenging.  Good luck!  I think the bottom line is that a longer cycle doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have any more of a difficult time getting pregnant, but it may just take longer since there are fewer windows throughout the year if that makes sense. 

Post # 4
1485 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I contacted my gyn arond CD41-42 (I don’t remember which) and asked for Provera to jump start a new cycle. I plan on asking her to run some tests when I go in for my annual in mid-April!

Post # 5
2692 posts
Sugar bee

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megan28937 :  I have longer cycles….didn’t get AF until CD46 but started spotting two days earlier. My previous cycle I was up to CD50 before asking for provera to jump start my cycle. When I go see my OBGYN I will be asking for some further testing. 

Post # 6
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Longer cycles are not necessarily an issue. Mine are usually between 33-35 days but 37-42 day cycles aren’t unheard of for me either.

The part that matters is if/when you ovulate, and how long after you ovulate do you get your period.

Generally, the length of the cycle as a whole is not an issue if you know you ovulate and when.

So, being on CD40 with a bfn because you haven’t ovulated at all would be expected. You can’t be pregnant without ovulating. Being on CD40 after confirming ovulation on CD20, for example, is a definite issue. And being on CD40 after confirming ovulation on CD35 would be totally fine (frustrating to have to wait that long, but still fine).

Are you temping to confirm ovulation?

By my understanding CB ovulation trackers (and other OPKs) will let you know when a surge is happening, but doesn’t let you know after the fact that it actually led to successful ovulation. OPKs can be great, but they only give you a heads up that you may ovulate within a day or two, and not that you have actually ovulated. You can have multiple surges in a cycle if the first one, two, three, etc. surges do not lead to completed ovulation.

You can call your doctor any time to get the ball rolling. Long cycles are super frustrating and there are ways to help you ovulate earlier. Good luck! 

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