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Old Jun 28th, 2009, 08:04 AM   1
Wshng4Baby
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If you have a period... does that mean you ovulated?


I keep seeing both answers: yes and no. So what is it? I went 76 days without a period and then finally had one, and heavy, painful one at that... so does that mean I ovulated?

I don't understand why some doctors say no... if you don't have to ovulate to get a period, then why do some women with PCOS go for a year or more?

I don't get it!



 
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Old Jun 28th, 2009, 09:05 AM   2
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I have pretty regular cycles but every 21 day test I have had done (on various days) has come back that I didn't ovulate so I personally believe that the answer is no



 
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Old Jun 28th, 2009, 11:34 AM   3
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Wether you ovulate usually depends on cycle length and regularity. The average cycle is 28 days. You get your period usually 14 days after you have ovulated - this time never changes, it can vary by a day or so but most women get their period 14 days after Ov. Now say you had a 32 day cycle every single month it would indicate you ovulated day 16 (30-14 = 16) Contrary to popular belief ovualtion is not mid cycle. This is why regualr length cycles help identify ovualtion day and making baby making a whole lot easier than if your cycle length was different every month.

With regards to "are you ovualting" well regular menstral cycles in length and frequency are always a good thing. I have read before that if a cycle is longer than 35 days it can be an indication of annovualtion (not ovulating) - this can be wrong though its just an indication and is usally more concerning if you normally have a regualr cycle of say 27 days and suddenly have a random 39 day cycle since this would indicate perhaps an annovulatory month. Not all women ovualate every month too though most do.

A 76 day cycle sounds a little long to have ovualted but only your doctor will be able to confirm if you are ovualting or not. They will do 21 day progestrone tests. This checks progestrone level on day 21 of your cycle and can tell you if you are ovulating or not. if you have this done you can ask for them to do other blood tests at the same time which may help identify a problem (if they are taking blood they may as well) such as thyroid function, liver function, cholestrol, FSH, LH etc etc.

I hope this helps and to be frank if they do find you are not ovualting its not the end of the world sometimes a simple course of tablets can help sort your hormones out

Good luck
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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 06:00 AM   4
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To me the answer is a yes you can ovulate on long cycles.. if you refer to the ladies on the team 80+ (in the buddy section these will confirm if can happen) there are ladies who hadnt had a period for like cd100 days and tracked ovulation that cycle and got pregnant, so yes i believe u can ovulate on long cycles..

I believe that ovulation might not happen due to different reasons but then later on in the cycle your body kicks in so it happen this can be cd14 or cd60 it still doesnt matter (chances are better for people with regular cycles to catch the egg more and be able to know when there near the big o, however it can still happen for us ladies with long cycles)

I do have long cycles, and taking into account my CM i do believe i have ovulate on my cd54 last cycle!! And the times before that, i do miss my big O as its hard to know when to get extra nookie in with long cycles.. Tried the SME plan and got to cd40 and that month period was cd56 so just missed it!!

I had no opks to confirm my ovulation last cycle but i personally believe you can ovulate on a long cycle and ovulation then results into a period if the egg is not fertilised!!

Doesnt mean everyone with regular periods ovulate tho,but again this is hard to confirm until doctors take blood.. remember with long cycles its hard to know when to go for a day 21 test and being taken at the wrong time can cause the results to show no ovulation..

Have you stopped bc recentley??
I stopped in sept last yr and my periods are well out of whack still
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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 06:11 AM   5
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It is a very diffcult question... as with me...

FF says with temping i would Ovulate.. with a 0.7 spike and CD21 test says HELL NO....
OPKS.. never even a line...
But i am on Progesterones and get my AF CD28/30 every month...
Scary thing is CD12-CD16 i have bloating, EWCM, Cramping in back, headace,...

BUT still i don't ovulate....




 
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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 07:37 AM   6
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To me the answer is a yes you can ovulate on long cycles.. if you refer to the ladies on the team 80+ (in the buddy section these will confirm if can happen) there are ladies who hadnt had a period for like cd100 days and tracked ovulation that cycle and got pregnant, so yes i believe u can ovulate on long cycles..

I believe that ovulation might not happen due to different reasons but then later on in the cycle your body kicks in so it happen this can be cd14 or cd60 it still doesnt matter (chances are better for people with regular cycles to catch the egg more and be able to know when there near the big o, however it can still happen for us ladies with long cycles)

I do have long cycles, and taking into account my CM i do believe i have ovulate on my cd54 last cycle!! And the times before that, i do miss my big O as its hard to know when to get extra nookie in with long cycles.. Tried the SME plan and got to cd40 and that month period was cd56 so just missed it!!

I had no opks to confirm my ovulation last cycle but i personally believe you can ovulate on a long cycle and ovulation then results into a period if the egg is not fertilised!!

Doesnt mean everyone with regular periods ovulate tho,but again this is hard to confirm until doctors take blood.. remember with long cycles its hard to know when to go for a day 21 test and being taken at the wrong time can cause the results to show no ovulation..

Have you stopped bc recentley??
I stopped in sept last yr and my periods are well out of whack still
xx
Good points beauty



 
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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 11:40 AM   7
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My FS said that with cycles over 35 days, ovulation isn't consistent. So, I think you can ovulate on long cycles but it's not absolute and you probably don't ovulate everytime.



 
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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 12:34 PM   8
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My FS said that with cycles over 35 days, ovulation isn't consistent. So, I think you can ovulate on long cycles but it's not absolute and you probably don't ovulate everytime.
I agree with that, doesnt defo mean no, but is an indication of problems, if cycles over 35 is best to go get checked rather than waste time wondering and worrying if something is wrong X



 
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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 12:38 PM   9
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I used to get periods even the months I didn't ovulate. The body builds up a wall to prepare for an egg that is never released and then the hormonal balance changes in order to shed it. So, yes, you can still get periods when you don't ovulate. I know I did. FS explained to me that's why it is.



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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 14:16 PM   10
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Correct, menstruation without ovulation is like the withdrawal bleeding while on contraception. You can also ovulate but not successfully -- aka, resulting in an immature egg or a cyst. Most accurate way to track ovulation is through scans, which can monitor follicular growth. The progesterone tests are not very accurate and are difficult to time well.



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