I understand how to calculate everything if I were on a 28 day cycle, unfortunately Im not that regular. I had my daughter in Oct 2007, and did not get a period again until Jan 2009. Since then Ive had 35 days, 29 days, 34 days, 30 days and I am now on day 34. Do I use the average number of these to know when i may be ovulating? Or is it 14 days before your period that you should ovulate? Any input would be greatly appreciated.Answer Question
Answer by Mikayla_lynn at 11:43 AM on Jul. 3, 2009
The best thing to do is chart your cycles, especially cervical mucus and basal body temperaturesÂ (www.fertilityfriend.com is a huge help). The CM will tell you when you're most fertile, and the BBTs will tell you for sure when you ovulate, and from there you can spot any patterns, like how long after you ovulate you're likely to start your period, and thus when you can take an HPT, etc. Ovulation predictor kits are useful, too, though they can get expensive especially if you're not regular, and they may not be as accurate as charting. Generally, though, ovulation occurs 11-15 days before your period, and you're most fertile in the 2-3 days before that. A lot of doctors recommend, if you don't know when you ovulate, to have sex every other day from day 10-20 or so, which should cover all the bases, maybe extend it to 25 days just in case.
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