Does a Long Cycle Mean I'm Not Ovulating?

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

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.