Only 15% of women have a 28-day cycle. The normal length of the cycle can vary between 22 and 35 days. As long as your cycle runs a similar amount of days each time, your cycle is called regular. But, if you can not predict the date within 2 days before or after, your periods will be called irregular. Factors like stress, thyroid conditions, PCOS, and fibroids can cause irregular periods.
Almost every woman ovulates about 14 days before her next period, whether she has regular or irregular menstrual cycles. The problem is only that it becomes hard to predict the best time to conceive with irregular periods. Some women with irregular periods do not ovulate at all. Women who do not ovulate generally do not experience typical period pains, such as cramping and their periods are light or heavy in flow.
Women with irregular periods face a double challenge in getting pregnant. First, the number of cycles and hence the number of times she can get pregnant in a year is lesser and when it does happen, it becomes difficult to predict when. To get over these challenges, it is advisable to use a combination of methods- charting your cycles, checking for mucus, tracking body temperatures and using home ovulation test kits month-on-month.
While doing all these steps, it is important to maintain a stress-free mind. Or you may contribute to irregular periods through the stress about getting pregnant and predicting dates alone.
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