Some ladies know exactly when they become menstrual (the lucky ones) and so they know when their ovulation and their fertile days. Other ladies have an irregular cycle. Sometimes it is 28 days and sometimes 34 days. Very annoying if you have a child wish, because getting pregnant with an irregular cycle usually takes a bit longer and is somewhat more difficult. Read more about getting pregnant with an irregular cycle and what you can do to increase your chances.
Course of the monthly cycle
Your menstrual cycle consists of different phases and is controlled by hormones.
Your cycle starts from the first day of your period. At that moment the follicle stimulating hormone is released. This hormone stimulates the follicles (vesicles filled with fluid containing an immature egg cell) to develop. So an egg cell is maturing.
The follicles then produce estrogen. The increase of estrogen in the body is a sign for the womb to prepare for a possible implantation. The uterus does this by thickening the inner wall. When the estrogen in the body reaches a peak, it causes an increase of the luteinizing hormone (an LH surge). From that moment on your ovulation starts. You are then in phase 2 of your menstrual cycle.
In phase two you go from ovulation to your period. It starts with ovulation. The ovulation is also caused by the LH peak. An ovulation is also called ovulation. When the ovulation has started, the follicle will produce the hormone progesterone. This hormone stimulates the development of the uterine wall so that it is completely ready for the fertilized egg. The progesterone hormone also ensures that new follicles start to ripen again. This causes a small increase in the body temperature of the woman. About half a degree.
If the egg is fertilized, it will be implanted after a few days. If the egg cell is not fertilized, the layer of mucous membrane that your uterus had created for implantation will be broken down again. Then it is drained through your vagina, this is your period. From that day on your cycle starts again.
Irregular cycle ovulation
The reason why getting pregnant with an irregular cycle is more difficult for women is because they can not predict well when their ovulation occurs. Ovulation is usually around 14 days before your next menstrual period. With an irregular cycle you do not know exactly when your menstruation comes and so it is difficult to trace your ovulation. You can not calculate it yourself on the basis of your menstrual cycle. Fortunately, there are a few other methods that you can use.
Calculate ovulation with an irregular cycle
One way to find out when you're ovulating is to use an ovulation test. An ovulation test measures how much of the Luteinizing Hormone is in your body. You can then find out when your LH surge is. Because if you know your LH surge, you know that your ovulation is 36 to 48 hours afterwards. This means that you have to work together immediately so that some sperm cells are present in the uterus to fertilize the egg after ovulation. Read more about the ovulation test here.
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Irregular cycle when fertile?
When getting pregnant with an irregular cycle, it is good to keep an eye on your ovulation symptoms. In short, the symptoms are:
- Change of cervical mucus: the cervical mucus (your secretion) changes around your ovulation of structure and color. Normally it is white or yellowish in color and the structure is somewhat friable. Your cervical mucus becomes transparent and elastic around your ovulation. It looks like protein. If you do the mucus between your fingers you can pull wires. Do you see this difference, then you have to go!
- Change position of cervix: on the days that you are not fertile, your uterus is more at the bottom and feels hard. You can feel this when you go into your vagina with your fingers. Your uterus then feels like a hard, round and smooth edge. The cervix is about to rise above your ovulation and becomes softer. So you can not feel it anymore.
- Ovulation pain: some women (about 1 in 5) may feel ovulation. It feels like a kind of cramps at the bottom of your stomach on one side. The pain can last a few hours to half a day.
- Back pain: sometimes the ovulation pain goes together with pain in the lower back and sometimes even in the pelvis
- Sensitive breasts and higher libido: do you notice that you feel like having sex and are you not having a period? Then there is a chance that nature gives you a push to have community because you are fertile. Always give in to your whims!
Getting pregnant with an irregular cycle
Becoming pregnant with an irregular cycle is a slightly bigger challenge but certainly not impossible. It probably takes a bit longer and you will have to put more effort into it. In any case, always discuss it with your doctor so that he or she can give you tips on how to become pregnant with an irregular cycle.
In addition, it is good to have a clear view in your menstrual cycle. If it differs a few days every month, but there is a clear short cycle and long cycle. Then you can calculate your fertile days on the basis of your short cycle.
So you start with a community 4 days before you would have ovulation (14 days before your next menstruation according to the shortest cycle) and continue until a few days after your ovulation. To have sex the day is enough.Is there really no arrow to pull and you want to get pregnant quickly, well ... then there is no other way than the day to two days to make love except on the days that your period. Because on those days you are not fruitful anyway. If you do it that way, chances are you always have sex around the day of your ovulation.