An abnormal cycle length affect your fertility?
Let us talk about our periods for a moment and when the length of our period can be an issue when we talk about fertility. Depending on the person will determine the cycle length, but today we are going to use 28 days as an example. What we know is when counting 28 days, the first day would be the day you start your period, then day one through 14 is when your ovaries get ready to release an egg. Then ovulation begins on the 14th day of your cycle and the “luteal phase” begins until you restart your cycle. If your cycle isn’t normal, it can really affect your fertility and planning when you are attempting to have a baby.
When monitoring your cycle, the best advice is to use an ovulation predictor or ovulation monitor. If those aren’t an option, then there are two things you want to watch for; your follicular phase and your luteal phase. The follicular phase should last 12-25 days and your luteal phase should last 10-16 days, but normally it is 12-14 days. If you ovulate on day 10 of your cycle or earlier then you could release an immature egg, these eggs usually cannot be fertilized or have chromosomal issues.
Long follicular phases can be an issue as well. If it is longer than 25 days, then your body is trying to ovulate multiple times and if your body runs out of energy before ovulation begins then your estrogen and LH levels could rise which means no baby. Ovulation is affected by many things, especially stress, and if your body is stressed out it will cause your estrogen and LH levels to rise and you won’t be able to ovulate which will lengthen your follicular phase and affect your fertility.
If you get your period ten days or sooner after ovulation, then you have a shorter luteal phase. This is a sign that your progesterone levels are too low which could be bad when trying to get pregnant since it helps maintain the uterine lining for the egg to implant. A long luteal phase which lasts longer than 16 days then you may be pregnant. If ovulation has occurred but the test came back negative, then ask a doctor for a blood test.
The best way to stay on top of your cycle and make sure your fertility is not in jeopardy is to get an ovulation monitor. An ovulation monitor comes in handy when trying to conceive and will really help take the stress away. Yono Labs makes a great in-ear ovulation predictor to help make your life a little easier.