Does a Long Cycle Mean I'm Not Ovulating?

Cynthia Flynn's picture
Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Thank you for taking my question. If I'm my cycle is roughly 35 days, is it possible that I'm not ovulating at all even though I'm having my period? Thanks so much for the help

ANSWER

Yes. The ways to tell are on the "Trying to Conceive" portion of this web site and using an ovulation predictor kit. Most women ovulate about 14 days before their menses, so if you are regular, you would expect to ovulate about cycle day 21, counting from the first day of your period. If this is true for you, then you would have intercourse every other day starting day14 to optimize your chances.

Good luck!

--Cynthia, CNM