A normal menstrual cycle can vary. For the average woman, it is 28 days in length. Medically speaking, a variance of 7 days or less each month is considered to be normal. A variance of 8 to 20 days is moderately irregular, and 21 days or more is very irregular.
If you are trying to conceive a baby, any variance in cycle can be frustrating, as it makes it much more difficult to predict when you will be ovulating. In a given month, the average couple trying to conceive has a 15-25% chance of becoming pregnant. However, if you have an irregular cycle, your chances are decreased. Strictly mathematically speaking, if you tend to have longer cycles, you have fewer opportunities over time to conceive than someone with a perfect 28 day cycle.
If you have an irregular cycle and are trying to conceive, there are two methods that can assist you in predicting when you will ovulate. One is tracking your basal body temperature on a daily basis over a period of months. A woman’s body temperature rises after ovulation, so charting yours can help you predict when you will ovulate next. The other is by charting your cervical mucus. You will find the amount and consistency of your mucus changes throughout the month. When you are nearing ovulation, it will become clear and slippery, similar to raw egg white, and you will have more of it.
Of course, you may be reticent to try either of these methods on your own. After all, if you are not a medical professional yourself, how can you really know for sure? Luckily, you can remove the guesswork with Lady-Comp, an easy-to use fertility computer that can predict when you will ovulate with 99.3% accuracy, based on the information you provide it and its daily reading of your basal body temperature. If you would like to learn more about how Lady-Comp can help you conceive, please call us at 1-877-925-LADY.