Irregular Ovulation Cycle

Many mothers-to-be often ask “How can I track ovulation with irregular periods?”.  This question is very common and there are multiple solutions available.

Irregular periods create a challenge in tracking ovulation and knowing when the best time is to have sex in order to get pregnant. The good news is that tracking ovulation with irregular periods is pretty easy to pinpoint.  You can even track your ovulation with a good amount of precision thanks to the advancement of modern medicine.

Knowing when ovulation occurs usually creates a sense of confidence for those who are trying to conceive.

How Do You Track Ovulation with Irregular Periods?

Couple tracking their ovulation

You can track ovulation with irregular periods using a number of tools. Some of the tools are found under the family planning approach called Fertility Awareness or Natural Family Planning.

Charting Your Cycle – Even though your cycle is irregular, it is good to track it on a calendar for a few reasons. First, you may notice some clues that give you a pattern. Second, if you experience fertility problems, the data from your tracking efforts is valuable information to share with your gynecologist or fertility specialist.

Cervical Mucus – Your cervical mucus changes when you ovulate. Cervical mucus during the first few days after your menstrual cycle will be dry. Your cervical mucus will begin to increase.  As you approach ovulation, the cervical mucus will be plentiful, slippery, clear, and stretchy. Many women compare the consistency to that of egg whites.

Basal Body Temperatures – Your body temperature fluctuates with the onset of ovulation. If you are tracking your basal body temperature, you will find a spike in temperature as ovulation occurs.  This lets you know that ovulation is occurring.

You can read more about each of the above ovulation tracking methods in the Fertility Awareness article.

Tracking Ovulation With Irregular Periods: Ovulation Predictor Kits

Some people find it cumbersome to manually track ovulation with irregular periods. Ovulation predictor kits and fertility monitors are tools that do the tracking for you. Unfortunately, with irregular periods, particularly those that are longer, you will probably have to do more testing month to month.

The Luteinizing Hormone (LH) is consistently detected in your urine. There is an increase in presence 24 to 48 hours prior to ovulation. An ovulation predictor kit detects this increase and lets you know that you are ovulating.  As ovulation predictor kits help you identify and confirm when you are ovulating, you should record these dates on your calendar. Whether you look for patterns on the calendar or not, the information will be helpful to a fertility specialist if you find yourself encountering problems when trying to conceive.

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