I've just gone from a 28 day to a 22 day cycle and accordingly started testing literally the day after my period. I have still not ovulated which according to a 22 day cycle I should have by now. So does this mean I won't ovulate for this month or that I'm going to have a longer cycle this month?
A 22 day cycle is quite short. It is possible for us to have cycles where we do not ovulate for a number of reasons. You may have a longer cycle or you may have a regular cycle.
If your cycle remains short, I would address it with your caregiver. While short and long cycles can be normal, a regular short cycle should be checked. Mostly you would want to know if you ovulate and when you ovulate within your cycle.
Your cycle is made up of two phases split by ovulation. During the first phase the egg matures for ovulation. Once you have ovulated, the follicle forms a body that will go on to support a pregnancy should implantation take place.
The second phase should ideally be about 12 days long or there might not be enough hormone to support the pregnancy. If you have a 22 day cycle and deduct 12 days, you would ovulate near day 10 which is okay, but if you were to ovulate on say day 14 of a 22 day cycle, then the second phase would be 8 days long which isn't ideal. Medication could be given to try to lengthen the second phase.
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Gloei and that's another question is what day to start counting from - from when there is an actual flow or the first "spot". If I count the spotting days then I'm on CD12. If not I'm CD10. I've therefore averaged out to CD11. I'm using the ClearBlue digital OPK and nothing yet
Jules I am hoping that this is going to be a longer cycle. I usually have a lot of ovulation symptons and this is the second month (after going off the pill) where I haven't been able to tell whether I have ovulated or not. As a precaution I'm going to have the CD21 test done just to check.
Calender day 1 is the first day of strong flow, spotting doesn't count. If that occured after 15:00, start counting on the following day.
During 2012 I had very mixed up cycles. The one month it was 23 days then it was 35 again. My entire life I had very regular cycles, so this was new to me. The past 6 months is settled kind of into a 26/27/28 day cycle. Still not exactly regular but less crazy! (I haven't been using any birth control method apart from the rhythm method).
I know how frustrating it is if you don't know when AF will come!!
I would also suggest speaking to your doctor and that progesterone test is not a bad idea. I am going for mine again tomorrow.
Julz, how realiable is the progesterone test at giving you a clear indication of what is going on? Surely if you repeat that test over a couple of months it can give some valuable information, but doing it over 2 months? Surely that can't give you a clear idea of the general state of your progesterone levels or can it? Surely there are anovulatory cycles and that could give a low count or not?
Are you charting your temperatures? I am doing it for the first time this month and it is absolutely fascinating!! I have also been battling for a while now to get a positive
OPK. I manage to get that over the days that the second line becomes gradually darker, but never as dark as the first line. It also may be pointing that I am not ovulating or that the FSH count is very low...?
I realise that keeping track of my cycles can really give great information to your doctor should he start doing tests. I wish I had started sooner! I also find that my cervical mucous and position gives a lot of information too.