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I have irregular periods, how do I know when I ovulate?
August 28, 2011
3:14 pm


I have always had irregular, highly unpredictable periods. The cycles last anywhere from 21 days to 36 days. Well, since I have been tracking anyway. I have been reading this blog for some time now and have heard about ovulation calendars. This is no good for me with irregular periods! How do you know when you ovulate when your cycles are all over the place? Can you? I want some tips on how to get pregnant! 

Thanks for your help! 

September 5, 2011
12:29 pm
Forum Posts: 282
Member Since:
June 14, 2010

Oh, that sounds like a difficult situation! Irregular periods have a wide variety of causes, something we have written about on the Trying To Conceive before. Some of the causes of irregular periods are Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, a hormonal imbalance, weight gain or weight loss, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids. I am mentioning this to point out that you may benefit from seeing a doctor about your irregular periods. Some causes of irregular periods can lessen your chances of getting pregnant, or make pregnancy dangerous. 

Having said that, an ovulation test is a pretty reliable way to find out when you are ovulating. With irregular periods, you may like to bulk buy ovulation tests on the internet. With your cycle, you will be best off testing each day until you get a positive test. However, ovulation tests can be quite inexpensive if you buy them online, in bulk. These tests are reliable because they only come up positive when the luteinizing hormone, LH, is detected. This way, you will know for sure that you are actually ovulating. 

Hope that helps!


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