Getting pregnant despite an irregular period – how does it work? Here you can get tried and tested tips on getting pregnant despite an irregular cycle.
How to calculate the length of a cycle?
Thats is quite easy. You simply count the days from your first day of menstruation to the day before your next period begins. That means the last day of your cycle is the day BEFORE your menstruation. If you have counted all the days together, you will get the cycle length or cycle duration. In this example, the woman counts a 30-day cycle:
EXAMPLE: This cycle has 30 days – counting from June 5th to July 4th because a new cycle starts on July 5th
What exactly does irregular period mean??
That cannot be answered as precisely as I would like to write now. Because it’s more like that – the irregularity of the natural cycle is actually the “norm”. If you look at statistics on cycle lengths, you will quickly see that the cycle is subject to natural fluctuations. The most common cycle lengths range from 23 to 35 days. Strictly speaking, that means ALL women have an irregular cycle – this is normal.
Figure 1: Average cycle length © Book NFP today
After all, there is no woman who, for example, always has exactly one natural 28-day cycle from her first bleeding (menarche). At this point may However, one should not confuse the natural cycle with the "pill cycle", which is logically influenced by the external hormone dose and is therefore always 28 days long. Every now and then I meet women who say to me that they have a natural cycle after which they can set the clock. However, it turns out after a very short time in conversation that they have only had this very regular cycle for a few years and that even with major upheavals in life they sometimes have a longer cycle. And what I find most astonishing is that these women hardly ever document their cycle. Most of the time, they don’t even keep a menstrual calendar. Then I ask myself every time, man – how do they want to know that their period comes sooo regularly every 27 or 28 days? I often experience the following in my work as a fertility coach: The woman says at the beginning that she ALWAYS gets her period every four weeks. After three cycles of noting all her fertility signs and cycle peculiarities on the cycle sheet, she remarked: “Oh that’s funny, my first recorded cycle was only 25 days long, my second was 29 days and my third was 24 days. I could have sworn that my cycles are always 26 days long! ”So natural fluctuations are completely normal (see Figure 2). So – one for real I would describe the irregular cycle as: All three, The period comes for four or five weeks – and it may also take a few months for the period to come back. If your cycle lengths fluctuate between 23 and 35 days, this counts as a normal and regular natural cycle.
Irregular cycle & Desire to have children – is that a problem?
In most cases this is not a problem. A problem could arise, however, because the woman concerned may feel insecure and may not know exactly when and when to ovulate instead of place. Finding the most fertile days on a very irregular cycle is not that easy and requires a little bit of cycle knowledge. If a woman with very irregular periods observes herself closely and documents and evaluates this, she can also find out very well when she is very likely to get pregnant in the current cycle.
Do I have to have a 28 day cycle to get pregnant??
Figure 2: Fluctuation range of cycle lengths in 210 women during one year
If you suspect a yellow body weakness, I strongly recommend that you have this clarified. Ideally with your own cycle observation in combination with a blood test in a gynecological practice. The blood tests alone often lead to misdiagnoses, so I would always document the cycle with temperature curve and cervical mucus in parallel. PLEASE ONLY use medication or natural support for the luteal phase if a luteal weakness has been clearly diagnosed! Otherwise, it can lead to the natural cycle being out of balance and, in the worst case, ovulation can no longer occur and the pregnancy can then be prolonged. The best way to start is to see if you have any luteal weakness at all. You can determine this very easily and well with cycle diagnostics thanks to NFP. You can also hire a fertility consultant to help you with your cycle diagnosis. If it is determined that there is a luteal weakness – you can then have it treated naturally by a naturopath or a doctor with conventional medicine. In this way, longer or shorter cycles are usually unproblematic if you are familiar with the subject and use the NFP for cycle diagnosis. I recommend women whose cycle is shorter than 23 days or longer than 35 days more often than not to go to a doctor’s office and in any case also to use body monitoring with NFP. Finally, such extended or shortened cycle lengths can also be an indication of deeper causes that can affect fertility. For example, an irregular period with significantly longer cycles (longer than 35 days) can be observed much more frequently in PCOS or endometriosis, so I think that women should clarify this.
How do I calculate my ovulation on an irregular cycle?
In a nutshell: You cannot generally calculate your ovulation in advance, but only observe it in the current cycle and determine it more precisely using clear rules for cycle evaluation. Specifically, this means that you observe the course of your basal body temperature (morning waking temperature) and the course of your cervical mucus or cervix. Based on your observations and records, you can evaluate your temperature curve and recognize your cervical mucus change. So you know relatively exactly when your ovulation took place and whether you had sex at the optimal time to hopefully get pregnant. You can find out exactly how you observe, document and evaluate your fertility signs in our eBook "When am I fertile?" You will also find in our book a detailed chapter on cycle diagnostics including sample cycles of real women with the help of which you can also diagnose a luteal weakness yourself can.
Schematic diagram of the symptothermal method with temperature curve and mucus flow (øfSS +) – the cycle phases and the fertile days
When do I take a pregnancy test on an irregular cycle??
If you are NOT watching your cycle, as I briefly explained in the previous section, you can only guess at a strongly fluctuating irregular cycle when is the best time to take a pregnancy test. It makes most sense to take a pregnancy test, about a week to ovulation and eventual union of the egg cell with a sperm. Only then can a pregnancy test show at the earliest that you are pregnant. In this case, I would recommend a sensitive early pregnancy test.
Common reasons for an irregular period
One of the most common reasons for an irregular cycle are certain phases of life that women go through or that can just happen. These are: after stopping the pill, during puberty, during breastfeeding, during menopause. But also special situations, special illnesses or extreme situations such as a change of location, vacation, stress, exams, moving, illness, quarrel, dieting, fasting cure, PCO syndrome, thyroid disorders, hormonal disorder, competitive sports or psychological causes can lead to the cycle goes crazy. What is ultimately the reason for the strong irregularity can be considered very individually.
How do I get a regular cycle?
First of all, can you try to assess whether you really have an irregular cycle or whether you are within the normal fluctuation range (23-35 cycle days)? If your period is in the range of 23 to 35 days, you don’t need to do anything. In the event that you have observed longer or shorter periods within a year, you should have the causes clarified together with a doctor. For example, if you have PCOS or another hormone-related illness that causes your cycle to go haywire, you can try conventional medicine or homeopathic treatments with the help of an accompanying expert to stabilize your cycle.
Irregular cycle despite chaste tree and co?
Sure, there are always cases in which chaste tree or other homoeopathic agents have stabilized the cycle. But surveys show that not all women are successful with chaste tree. Likewise, common side effects from the chaste tree such as. B. acne, menstrual pain or abdominal pain are observed. In the survey, only six percent of the women surveyed said that chaste tree helped them with no side effects – although many also said they had never tried it. In my view, the more effective way is to clarify the deeper causes of the irregular cycle. With PCOS, endometriosis or thyroid disorders, irregular cycles can occur more often. With such diseases, it makes more sense to focus on the treatment of the diseases in order to stabilize the cycle sustainably. With chaste tree, women are unlikely to be very successful in the presence of diseases that are the main cause of the irregular period. As mentioned above, blind experimentation with any cycle remedies is absolutely not recommended – please look for trained staff here and act based on diagnostics and not on suspicions or hearsay.
You may not get pregnant despite your best efforts and despite the chaste tree tea.
My best pregnancy tips for irregular periods
First of all, the good news is – most women just "think" that they have an irregular period and cannot get pregnant, but this is often not correct. In most cases, the period length of a woman is in the natural range of 23 to 35 days – and this is where women can get pregnant very well. For this reason, my tip is: stop believing that your body has to work like a watch &# 128521; ! In nature, fluctuations are absolutely normal. Humans are not robots or machines. Almost all processes in the body have a natural tolerance range, also to increase our ability to survive on our planet with all the changes (climate fluctuations, food supply, etc.). Even if your cycles are absolutely irregular, this is often not a problem because in most cases you still ovulate. But no matter how long the intervals between your periods, I can recommend you to observe your ovulation signs and determine your fertile days with NFP. The NFP application simply has too many advantages, which are particularly important for irregular cycles. First, with NFP you can find out exactly how long your cycle is and whether it is within the normal fluctuation range. This is usually the case and gives the women we have accompanied so far a certain amount of security and they are reassured. Second, you can use NFP to limit ovulation and determine the fertile days. This is particularly important in the case of the frequent fluctuations in the cycle, so as not to miss your ovulation. Studies have clearly shown that fertility sex near ovulation can significantly increase the pregnancy rate. Lastly, cycle diagnostics with NFP can be used to narrow down fast cycle peculiarities such as luteal weakness that can hinder pregnancy. This enables more targeted and faster diagnostics and treatment if necessary. Please seek medical or naturopathic support if necessary and trust your body, that is the key for many women to get pregnant despite an irregular cycle.
I wish you all the best on your way to becoming a child
Laura Knechtel lives in Hamburg and has been working for NetMoms since 2016. She thinks that life is twice as much fun with children…
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