Here you go: my helpful ovulation tutorial

Here we go! This has been promised to you – an Ovulation Tutorial! There are so many variations to what a ‘normal’ cycle should look like, but for the purpose of clarity – I’m going to talk about how it should look in theory. We can discuss variations down the track.

Here’s something I don’t want you to do. Get all hoity toity on me, and start to obsess about ovulation. It isn’t useful – it adds stress to the already stressful fertility game, and keeps your mind constantly thinking about it. But, it can be useful as a diagnostic tool, to see how things are going hormonally, and for you to have some peace of mind that you are indeed ovulating. So, let’s hop to it.

This is how a typical month should look. I want to explain the chart below thoroughly, so I’m going to break it down to simple town. Remember, this is all a ‘rough’ guide time wise. All women will vary – and that is perfectly normal.

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Ok so it is fairly standard that the period will last anywhere from 2-7 days. In the clinic, I like to see a period be no longer than 5 days and we implement measures to ensure this is achieved. It is important that blood loss isn’t too significant. It should be no more than 6 tablespoons – not that I want you to measure! But it’s a great guide (however, it’s difficult to tell with the standard of sanitary products now days).

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If you experience a 1 day bleed that is quite dry and dark without proper flow, there is a chance you aren’t ovulating, and it’s a good idea to speak to a natural fertility specialist.

Now, from this point on is where the fun starts. To put this into practice, you will need to learn to feel what your body is telling you. As grey as it sounds, you can actually ‘feel’ ovulation via your cervical mucus. You know when you get your period? It feels a certain way ‘down there,’ (think about it – it feels wet and warm around the opening of the vagina). Ovulation is mostly the same, although it feels wet and cold. It’s not necessarily about what you can physically see in terms of cervical mucus, it is more about what you can feel.

Typically one should have several ‘dry’ days before they start to notice a small amount of mucus (days 6 – 9), followed by the feeling of moistness (days 10 – 12). This can last for several days until you begin to feel signs of optimal fertility – clear and stretchy cervical mucus – remember it feels wet and cold. Cervical mucus is essential for conception. It is the sperm’s mode of transport up to the eagerly waiting egg. The cervix secretes this vital fertile mucus. When the semen is ejaculated into the vagina, the sperm will make it’s way up to the cervical crypts (where the mucus is secreted from) where it stays for a bit, and takes a little rest to be fed and rejuvenated (I find it hilarious that it is already hungry!), before it continues on up to meet the egg. If you take a look at fertile cervical mucus under a microscope, it has many little channels – unlike infertile mucus with is a ‘criss cross’ pattern which makes it impossible for the sperm to swim through.

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Fertile Mucus can last for several days. Ovulation isn’t the day you see the most fertile signs – it is the LAST day that you see or feel it.

So in this instance, it is cycle day 15, even though there has been fertile mucus present for 3 days – because it is the final day that this wet feeling is experienced. The tricky part is that it isn’t something you will know until after the event. But don’t think you can’t fall pregnant outside this time. It happens! You might like to read about that more here.

Now from cycle day 16 right through to 28, you will notice there is very little or no mucus. This is normal. During this time (it is called the Luteal Phase) your body is busy either implanting an embryo or preparing for your period. Should you notice mucus or discharge at this time, it may be indicative of excess ‘damp’ in your body, which may or may not be affecting you fertility – wouldn’t hurt to get that checked out. What is damp? It is what chinese medicine refers to when there is an accumulation in your body, as a result of some organs not working as well as they should. It can be easily fixed. Think of it like damp that can sit under a house.

Should your cycles be a bit out of whack – say ovulation is occurring earlier or later – it’s something that is good to have checked out again by somebody like me, because hormonally you may be lacking, and the consequence is ‘sub fertility.’ This means that you are potentially fertile, but hormonally you are imbalanced. So for example, ovulating on cycle day 9 is a problem, because it means an immature follicle is being released – making it almost impossible to be fertilised. Or your luteal phase (from ovulation to the period time) is too short, meaning that if there is a growing embryo, it can’t continue to grow because it isn’t being supplied hormonally with all it requires. In almost all cases, we can treat this and begin to improve fertility. We have a swag of tricks that can be applied in these circumstances.

I hope this has been informative and you have a better understanding of ovulation – remember, we can fall pregnant outside these times in some circumstances – but at least being able to read your body is a great start.

If you would like more information to learn how to nail your own unique cycle, you can download my e-course Debunking Ovulation which gives you so much specific information to allow you to understand your own menstrual cycle.  If you have PCOS, you might like to check out my Debunking PCOS e-course.  Both provide in depth info on both topics.

*Please note. I’d love to offer advice and be able to answer your questions below regarding ovulation and pregnancy. Unfortunately without having seen you, it’s impossible for me to give thorough replies.

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316 Responses to “Here you go: my helpful ovulation tutorial”

  1. Nicki

    Thank you Nat for this great post. I have a short ovulation phase and a short luteal phase. Would you recommend accupuncture for this?

    Thanks!

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    • admin

      Absolutely – that and herbal supplements – it is very treatable! Depending on how short – it may be essential to treat.

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  2. Karen

    Thank you Natalie…this was so helpful, as usual!

    I use a DivaCup so I actually know how how many “ounces” I shed every month — I’d say it’s usually closer to 5 oz (or 10 tbs). Is that bad? If it matters, there is water mixed in there too … which sometimes settles to the bottom. (Sorry, this is getting really TMI!) I also have clots, even though I’ve been seeing an accupuncturist for 3 months. They are getting smaller, and the blood is getting less brown. Does that mean I’m making progress? My accupuncturist said that getting your period shouldn’t be a huge ordeal like it is for me every month — no crazy cramps, no crazy mood swings, no heavy bleeding, etc. Do you agree?

    I also feel like ovulation lasts so long for me… last month my CM was REALLY watery for 4 days, (like gushing out of me) then I had 2 days of eggwhite. It just seems like something’s “off” with the timing. I’m trying to be patient and just trust my TCM doctor, but it’s hard. I also ovulate on day 18 and have a 12 day luteal phase, so on the surface it seems like I have normal monthly cycles if you aren’t looking at my chart. But again, the timing is off. My husband and I have been trying for more than a year, so I know my hormones are off. He has no sperm issues.

    Do you have any tips for sub-fertile women or poor ovulators? Thank you for your very readable and informative blog!

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    • admin

      Karen, difficult to say without seeing you – answer in short, so long as the luteal phase is more than 11 days, and that you can pin point ovulation, it shouldn’t be a problem. Unless of course you do get crazy periods, then there may be more to it. So long as you remember ovulation is the last of those days. Remember sex is really important all month around as I’ve mentioned so many times before. Nat

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  3. Liesl

    Do you think it is normal to have delayed ovulation with breastfeeding a toddler (22 months, feeding 6ish times in 24 hours still)? I’m taking 5-6 weeks to ovulate and then have a 14 day luteal phase. I’ve got a history of long cycles so not sure if it’s the breastfeeding affecting it or if I should be able to work towards shorter cycles.

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  4. Kate

    Hi Nat

    Such an interesting, and relevant, post! Quick question – I have been tracking my cycles via BBT and according to Fertility Friend I ovulated on Day 20, with watery white CM. From Day 24 – 26 I had proper stretchy EWCM. Should I go by my temperature or my CM when looking for ovulation?

    I have been told not to try for another baby (my first pregnancy ended in miscarriage) until I can get my ovulation below CD20, as it looks like my progesterone levels are too low.

    Do you have any advice on how to bring on ovulation earlier in my cycle (or bump up my progesterone)? I am currently taking Chaste Tree supplements and will be having monthly acupuncture, around a week after my period begins.

    Is there anything else I can be doing?

    Thanks xx

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    • admin

      Hi Kate – looks like you are definitely ovulating later.
      It’s difficult for me to comment without actually seeing you – nothing is a one size fits all approach.
      One thing that will definitely be beneficial in the luteal phase is regular sex. This helps increase uterine blood flow and keeps progesterone up.
      Definitely go by EWCM not temperature – temp is good to use in conjunction with CM but not a definite on its own.

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  5. Mrs G

    Hi, Natalie! Thx ‘for your informative post…. my cycles are totally different from what you describe. I’m 28 and I have PCOS (one side only), acne and facial hair. At the moment I’m on clomid, but it seems it doesn’t work so I’ll soon start fsh injections. What should I do to improve my chances to conceive? I don’t smoke, don’t drink, eat a gluten free and mainly vegetarian diet (red meat is bad for my acne), no processed food and very limited sugar (my doctor says it is important that my weight does not increase even if my BMI is less than 25), I don’t have a job and I do get enough sleep. I’m seeing a psychologist for my anxiety for medical procedures. I honestly do not know what to do more or what I’m doing wrong and infertility is a source of stress and anxiety. Any suggestion would be appreciated. Thx a lot.

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    • admin

      Mrs G – absolutely many woman’s cycles will be different to this. This is what they should look like in a ‘perfect’ situation. Is clomid not working because you aren’t testing for a positive ovulation test? Are you getting a menstrual period? The emotional factors associated with reproductive health and infertility can have a big impact on fertility – it makes for a tricky situation because the stress about having a baby, in turn creates the anxiety and it becomes a tricky circle. If you are having acupuncture and implementing treatments that help your body to cope better, this can be a great start.

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      • Mrs G

        Thx for your reply. Yes, I always get a period (even if cyclus lenghts vary) and sometimes even very painful ones. I had 5 cycli of clomid and I got ovulation twice (checked by a sonogram), however my blood test showed an hormonal imbalance that prevents me to get pregnant. I will follow your advice and try to address stress even if (for the moment, at least) I won’t try acupunture because it scares me (I know it’s not painful, but the very idea terrifies me). Thx a lot.

  6. admin

    Please know Mrs G – there is always a solution, you just need to find somebody who will look hard enough.

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  7. Rache

    Great article Nat, thanks for the info it will definitely help!

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  8. Krystal

    Such a detailed article, thank you! I am currenty having issues with my cycle after being on the Depo Provera injection for 18 months. My last injection was in July 2011 and my cycle has only just become regular, however the entire cycle only lasts 14 days. I am currently getting accupunture and am on an aray of vitamins and herbs for this but I am wondering if you have any other ways to assist in elongating my cycle back to normal? I am very healthy, have a high alkaline diet and exercise often. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

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    • admin

      it’s difficult – certainly not a one size fits all approach. See what it does over the next few cycles and reassess. We do also offer online consults if that helps. Nat

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      • Mazaza

        Hi Nat thanks for ur post bt please help m also comfused about my due date mycycle is 30 days mylast period was first of sep 2012 nd had sexual intercos on the 9th and 23 of dat month had pregnancy test on the fifth of october came positive and im not sure which day igot pregnant could it be the day in my luteal phase?

  9. Maggie

    This is so helpful! Thanks!

    Do you have any recommendations on finding a “you” in the U.S.? I’m not sure what to be looking for and when I look online it is kind of overwhelming.

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    • admin

      Not that I know of! I’m sure there are people that specialise in natural fertility but when we combine it with TCM in the way that we do – it is very unique! Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

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  10. Caroline

    When is the best time to have (unprotected) sex if you DO NOT want to get pregnant ?

    Is it straight after your period finishes ?

    My period is perfect 28 day cycle and lasts 3-5 days (last 2 days I use panty liner).

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    • admin

      Count 3 days from ovulation – and then go for gold! Generally when there is no fertile mucus, you are considered out for the count!

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      • Emily

        Hi Nat, so does this mean that on the wet days (Days 13, 14 and 15 in your example) you are able to have unprotected sex? So in your example, on day 15 you can have unprotected sex but not again until Day 19? Thanks.

  11. Brooke

    Hi! I have a quick question to ask. My cycle length is usually 32 days long and I usually have ovalutation on day 17. I have normal mucus throughout ovalution and become dry after. Unfortunately for the past year I have started being wet three to four days before my period and then have mucus throughout my period, which usually lasts for days. Is the wetness before period a bad thing?

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    • admin

      Wetness before the period isn’t bad necessarily – we have a mucus plus that comes away just before the period. Are you trying to fall pregnant? Obviously you don’t have to answer that on here – but it can be something to look at and a sign of weak digestion from a TCM viewpoint if you have cervical fluid throughout the cycle not necessarily at the right times.

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  12. Gemma

    Great post! I’ve come off the pill 5 months ago & cycles are out of whack, last one was 73 days!

    Had stretchy cm 9 days ago for 3 days but have just got it again and am co fused!! Do you think I should see someone if we don’t get pregnant this month??

    Thanks for advice x

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    • Nat

      whenever you see stretchy mucus, your body is at least trying to ovulate. Time sex with this for best chances. It’s not uncommon for several attempts – the key is watching for it. So if you see fertile mucus and then it comes back several days later, the first time you saw it was simply an attempt to ovulate. The second time (assuming it is the final time) will be ovulation.

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  13. Lizzie

    Hi Nat!

    I’m wanting to you your thoughts on the copper IUD? I had one in for the last year and a half- but got it taken out last week- as i found from reseraching on the internet- it gives side effects: of weight gain, and copper overload in the body if left in for more than a year- which is similar to estrogen dominace in the body— was i right to get it taken out? I do feel it was not right to have some metal inside me for that long period of time, but i am terrified of falling pregant now….

    Kindest Regards, Liz

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    • Nat

      All interventions come with side effects. I’m not a huge fan (as you can probably tell). I think allowing your body to do what it’s built to do is best. Learn to read your fertile times – this is key, and can be extremely successful once you know.

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  14. mrs Rob

    just wanting to know if you can ovulate way early in your cycle? since having two children (with no hassels at all) i have now been ‘trying’ for over a year with no success. i seen to get the ‘wet mucus’ at the end of my period and it is a dark brown colour becuase of the finishing of m y periods. i usually only get one day of bleeding (and its not very heavy) then a few days with nothing and then a “blob” of blood as a last thing ending with the wet mucus that is a dark brown colour about 5 days after starting my periods. i have down ovulating tests and they have said that im ovulating and tests wit h a dr that has said im fertile and ovulate and doesnt know whay im not falling pregnant. do you have any suggestions as to why im may not be (hubby is all good too). i have had 2 cesearans and have heard that that can play a role aswell. thankyou! robbi

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    • admin

      This is very possible. Ovulating in the period time however may make it difficult to conceive because hormonally the follicular phase (from cycle day 1 to ovulation) is too short effectively meaning the follicle released is too immature to fertilise. This can indicate there is some hormone imbalance – which is very treatable but would explain why you are having trouble falling pregnant also. So essentially yes you are ovulating which is wonderful – but you would need to look at some treatment benefit the menstrual cycle. I hope this helps! We do offer online consultations. Nat x

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  15. mrs Rob

    hod o you do online consultations? does it cost much? im gettin desprate and dont know what to do. i know something must be out because i fell pregnant so easily the first two times, im just not sure what it is that is out! i would love some guidence as to what i can do to help my chances to be higher. i also believe i have had some very early miscarriages as i have had a whole week of heavy bleeding (which is unusual for me) and it usually is either earlier or later than my normal cycle. thankyou for answering back to me!!

    thankyou,

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    • Nat

      Online consultations are $80 for initial and $40 for follow up plus supplements.

      Before doing anything – check in with your husband. Is his semen up to scratch? Stress, smoking, alcohol, high intensity exercise.. all these things will affect quality and contribute to miscarriage.

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  16. Jac

    Hi, I’m so glad I pointed in your direction!

    Is it possible to have a relatively regular cycle (22 days between periods and 3 days of “bleeding” ie dark brown smears with not much flow) and occasional EWCW and still not be ovulating? I read something on an other article of yours about if you get periods you are ovulating and it confused me.

    Thanks for your help.

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  17. Karen

    Good Morning,

    Thank you so much for a wonderful article. It sheds some light on the situation. I am someone of older age 42 and I am trying to concieve my first child. I have always had regular 25-28 day periods. I have tried IVF twice and both were unsucessful. I know that my age is gettung up there and it might be to late for me, but I was wondering if you had any suggestions for me. One thing I have never understood about my body is maybe around day 8 I get this clearly jelly discharge. It lasts for a couple days and then I appear to go dry. Then I seem to have what I call ovualtion pain in my lower abdomen and lower back on Day 15. At this time I also experience wetness. Can you help me understand what you think is going on with me. All the fertility doctors here say there is nothing wrong with my reproductive systerm. It is unexplained infertility.’

    Thank you in advance,

    Karen

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    • mnfadmin

      It appears you ovulate CD 15 or thereabouts. When you have the wetness. The earlier discharge is a mucus plug that is normal and forms post period. It comes away well before ovulation. This is all very normal.

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  18. Nida

    Thanks Nat this has been such an informative tutorial. Can u plz help me in resolving my issue as i have been searching long but has not come to any conclusion. i have been married for a year and a half but as my husband is abroad so we have been together for just 3 months. during this time i used to get most of the pregnancy symptoms early own like bloating, food cravings, mood swings, breast tenderness and the symptoms remain for the whole month as not just before menstruation , then my mensus gets disturb not that they get irregular but i start having dark brown discharge instead of fresh blood. All pregnancy tests come up negative so no pregnancy thats for sure.otherwise i always have very regular periods just like the one mentioned in your first chart.

    waiting for your reply

    thanks

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    • mnfadmin

      this may be indicating hormone imbalance. It is difficult for me to say without actually knowing more info but I’d be looking into this to get some answers.

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  19. joan

    Question: I have had the merena in for 4 years, in witch I never had a period. The merena came out 3 weeks ago, on invesitigation the ginea discovered a cist the size of a 22 week old fetus, the cist was removed as we’ll as my left overy because the cist caused some damage to the overy. My hubby and I want to try for a baby, the window for us to have another baby seems so small, since I have had 3miscarrages before and our chances with one ovary now seems even more impossible to have a little one. I do have 2boys aged 5 and 9, but we want to try one last time, since this might be our last chance to have another baby. How would I know if I am oviolating if I have not had a period for so long? I have heard of stories of people that conceive right away after the merena is removed. Do you have some advise for us? Do you think it is a good idea to get some medication to promote oviolation, or in your opinion should we just wait it out? We would appreciate any advise, opinion, it is always better to also seek someone elses point of veiw on a matter. Eagarly awaiting your reply. Joan

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    • mnfadmin

      I don’t advocate for medication to promote ovulation – but rather search to find why ovulation isn’t occurring in the first place. There is always a reason as to why and it is important to find a solution. If you haven’t had a period, then you aren’t ovulating. You do have to take action and find some answers though – it seems your hormone imbalance is stopping ovulation. Have you looking into PCOS?

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      • Dike

        Hi Nat,thanks for d info.pls for the last two months,ve noticed some dryness evn during my ovulation.it wasn’t happening to me before.pls will like to get advice frm u. Thanks

  20. Jolene

    Hello. I’ve had menstrual changes lately. I had severe pain and delayed period in December (32 day cycle). In Jan. I had a 30 day cycle (usually my average) and in Feb., I had a 25 day cycle that I’ve never had before. I have many symptoms of underactive thyroid and my mother developed hypothyroidism after having children. I’m currently taking Vit. B Complex, Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin D, Essential Fatty Acids, and Prenatal as we are trying to conceive our 3rd child. I also have many of the classic hypothy. signs such as feeling cold, exhausted all the time, hair texture changes, weight gain, feeling sad. My GP initially thought that I had the baby blues as these changes started 1 year ago, when my daughter turned 1. I have been battling these annoying symptoms since then and we have been ttc since the summer with no luck…..I am also undergoing acupuncture in the ear, elbow, and knee to hopefully improve thyroid function as my TSH is considered normal , but my free T-4 is low normal and almost out of the normal range. I apologize for writing a book here….I’m just desperate for any advice so I can get pregnant soon! Thanks

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  21. Kim

    So I was told I had a short luteal phase..through basal temp checks I have consistently for the past 4 months ovulating on the 14 th day..but my doctor said to increase the length of the luteal phase put me on 50 mg of clomid I did the 1st cycle and through temp checks I haven’t ovulated..its like the meds stopped ovulation.. Is this possible..do I do another cycle..is there a different drug to try..or go holistic? Please help

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    • mnfadmin

      Unfortunately clomid won’t fix your luteal phase – there are lots of things that will though! Go holistic if you know where to go – are you local?

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  22. Stevie-Lee

    What if my cycle is 32 – 32 days, does this mean my ovulation is likely to start a few days latter? I’m trying to work out exactly when would be the “normal”time for me to begin ovulation as I’m beginning to wonder if I am one of those people who’s timing is out of wack.

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  23. Jean

    Just confused….. I had ovulation pain on day 12 of a day 27 cycle, heavy wetness days 14 & 15. Did an ovulation test on day 15 which was positive. Confused in that does ovulation pain mean ovulation? Had int on day 10….ta

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  24. mommy

    Hi there…. I usaully have sore breasts 2- 3 weeks befor I have my period, but not this month ( well so far…) Should I just wait up the two week wait? What are the chances that I could be pregnant

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  25. maya

    hi Nat. I was wondering if you’ve come across this problem before. I’m getting a light bleed around day 25 which doesn’t feel like a period ie lighter and no cramps or breast tenderness. This bleed seems to be instead of ovulation (my bbt stays low and no cm). Then about 14 days later I get my proper period. Makes TTC rather difficult.

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  26. bebe

    Hi Nat.nearly 7 weeks ago i had my implanon removed after 3 years of having in my arm.

    Last 2 years there were no period for me at all and still nothing.

    From my first day of removing i have done lots of opk test with one nearly positive about 2-3 weeks ago. But all the time i have felt dry. Until 5 days ago i felt very wet .that wetness stayed for 4 days. I have checked once my mucus ( second day of wetness) and it was strechy. I did have pain in my right side especially in my last day of wetness that pain was very strong and uncomfortable. I done opk test during those 3 wet days when on the 3rd day was dark but again not as dark as should be. Suddently i got very dry for the last 2 days. I’m still having mild pain on my right side but its not bad.

    What is going on with my body. Did i finaly ovulate? Its nearly 7 weeks since removal and more then 2 years without a period .can you tell me if i should worry?

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  27. Nyree O'Donnell

    I had my period which finished on the 2/3/13. Then from the 15 – 18 March, i had small amount of brown bleeding. I took an ovulation test today (2/4/13) and it came babk positive, however a pregancy test was negative. We are trying to concieve but not sure about details.

    Help

    Confused

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    • mnfadmin

      I’m confused by this sorry Nyree. You had spotting 3/15-18/13, which sounds like ovulation if you had your period two weeks after this. Now you are ovulating.

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  28. p saheed

    Does it mean 15th day starting 4rm d 1st day of my last period is d ovulation period 4 a 28days circle person? & pls hw many days does sperm surviev in d body b4 ovulation & after ovulation?

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  29. olivia

    Hi, I have been having regular unprotected sex for almost three years now, I am ovulating regulary but havnt got pregnant, I do only have 1 ovary.. Could this be why or should I go back to the doctors ??

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    • mnfadmin

      Perhaps you might like to have a semen analysis to see how your partners semen quality is. You also need to time sex with your fertile signs.

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  30. aduke

    I had my period on2/4/13 and finished on 8/4/13 I want to know if it is normal and when am suppose to ovulate

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  31. Rebecca

    Hi I’m experiencing a very unusual period. It has come a few days (max 7 days) early, it’s very light flow(not enough to use tampon or towel) it’s like a brown tinged mucus.

    I’m usually fairly regular 28-32 days, with a medium flow.

    I’ve also had no cramping this month. I’m a bit worried as this is our first month ttc!

    I’ve taken two hpt both neg. what would you recommend?

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    • mnfadmin

      not to get your hopes up but it sounds like implantation bleeding. Wait until the actual due date of your period and then test. I never was one to get a positive test until my period was actually due. x

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  32. Bronwyn

    Hi my question is, i looked on the ovulation calculator and it says that my ovulation days is between the 10th and 15th of april my partner and i had unprotected sex on the 10th whats the chances of me still falling pregnant we are planning on having a baby but i just want to know if i still have a chance at all or should we wait and try again next time

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  33. bronwyn

    And the other question i also have is how long after u feel the ovulation pain of the egg do u actually get to ur full peek of ovulation

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  34. cat

    Hi there I unfortunately suffered a miscarriage in Nov. Since then I think I have had regular period although I do suffer from a treated underactive thyroid. This month was first time I tried opk and got a positive result day 11 and 12 then negative day 13. I notced a lot of ewcm but it is on day 11 and according to my calendar I’m not due to ovulate until around day 17 due to cycle around 31-32 days. I read your second last paragraph about a problem if ovulate too early. Do u think I could be suffering from this? If so what should I do? We so want to conceive a healthy baby as soo as we can. Thank you.

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    • mnfadmin

      So you’re ovulating around CD11 or 12 – that’s enough to make a baby! Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re ovulating when your calendar says so. Always watch your fertile egg white cervical mucus and time with this. So long as it isn’t any less than CD11 you’re good to go!

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  35. cat

    Thanks so much we have been trying the last few months but no joy and I’m hoping its because we were using the calendar when actually just be ov earlier. But we will keep up the bd as much as we can just in case. So just to clarify- if opk is +ve and I have ewcm does that definit mean I’m ovulating then? Sorry if its a silly question. Thanks again.

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    • mnfadmin

      exactly – If you EVER see egg white fertile cervical mucus, you are considered ovulating. If you’re getting a +ve OPK then that is ovulation CD11 or 12 or whatever it is (it can change month to month).

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  36. Lulu

    Dear Natalie,

    If sperm are able to live inside the vagina for up to 72 hours would that also mean that you need to be careful on the wet days leading up to ovulation; in addition to the 3 days after ovulation?

    Thank you for this wonderful post!

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  37. Rebecca

    Hi Nat, my son is 9 months old. I am still breastfeeding him several times a day and also at least once during the night. Before falling pregnant my periods were usually regular 28 days. I have been having my period for 5 months now, but it now is heavier than before I had my son, and lasts for 6-7 days rather than 5. My cycle is also at least 30 -32 days. Is this because I am breastfeeding, or is it something I should be getting looked into?

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    • mnfadmin

      Babies change everything! I’d say it’s probably a combination of all of these things – certainly nothing to be concerned about though. x

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  38. KP

    Hi im really mixed up with my ovulation, I came off the pill and ovulated on day 12, for a few months, now theyre messed up, I used to have ovulation cramps the day I was ovulating, but now seem to cramp for a few days on and off, ive bought some ovulation sticks and have read your information which is great thanks, do you have any extra ideas?????

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  39. Tori

    This was really helpful link!

    My period is always between 27-30 days so just sorta of ranges between those days!

    And my ovulationd is between days 11-13, is this too early?

    Thank you (:

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  40. favour

    thanks for the lecture, i actually have a day 28 circle but didn’t ovulate on day 9 or 14 rateher all i get is feeling wet inside me which makes me feel like it has come down my panties but when i check myself i will be so dry.please i need your advice.

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  41. Leeanne

    My son is 8 months old and I completely stopped breast feeding two months ago – partly due to work and I want my second close in age. My period has not yet returned but I have been keeping track of my CM to see when ovulation returns. I have noticed that I get 2-3 days of ewcm, then two weeks later I get cramping like I would when I used to get my period but don’t get my period and have another 2-3 days of very wet ewcm. Is this normal, can you ovulate without getting a period?

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    • Leeanne

      Sorry, I forgot to ask, is there anything i can do to encourage a healthy cycle and ovulation sooner or is it just a matter of time?

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  42. Melissa Francis

    Ok I had contraceptive implant taken out 13th October 2012, period on 13 November 2012 heavy lasting 5 days, then next period 21st December 2012 very heavy lasting 5 days. Lastly light spotting no 10th Jan 2013 ending on 12th jan 2013. Got positive pregnancy test 4 th deb 2013. My due date is confirmed by scan to be 11 October 2013. Ok my question is if according to my APP I conceived 17th Jan 2013, so does that mean I ovulated 10 days after the first day of a very light period (only panty liner needed). I thought that wasn’t possible. Please help the curiosity is killing me. Am I just a miracle? Or does this happen sometimes?

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  43. Nour

    Hi I have a question about timing. I usually have just 1 day each cycle of EWCM and it generally occurs 3 days before ovulation according to my BBT charting. Is it more important to time intercourse on the day of EWCM or the day of, or day before, ovulation as indicated by the temperature chart?

    Thanks!

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  44. llf

    hi i had my peroid on the 22nd -27th april . on that night did have unprotected sex and again on the 28th and 29th . the 29th was one of my fertile days then on the 1st may i had pain in my lower adonal which felt like my peroid but thats not due until the 18th of may. the day after i had some back pain and still am also some pain in my legs .

    i have a weired feeling in my stomach as well and feel like there is some presure thats make me want to wee .

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  45. Reanetse

    I think I am inbalanced hormonally,so what can I do?

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    • Ramos12

      Thank you for this information, trying to work out when my ovulation happens my mucus starts to be very wet , clear and stretchy on day 11 of my cycle up to day 14 on day 15 seem to dry up but have really strong pain in one of my ovaries so when is my ovulation?

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  46. REJOICE ATTIPOE

    i have problem with my menses when i want to the hospital they asked to go for a scan and i was told i have problem with my oval and was giving proven to take and it can and i took it again it came and when i stopped it also stopped but the doctor says is natural is self some thing of which i cant pronouce or speel. please what is it and how can i come back to normal. can i give birth with this problem. please help me. and i have serious candia and dont enjoy sex i dont feel any thing when have sex and dont cum during sex. please i beg u in the name of God please helpme

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  47. Elya maybel

    Hi I’ve been pregnant and had 2 healthy babies a yr apart. No problem falling first time round for both. Not on any contraception and know when I ovulate. Period started 28th April and since 5th may we have been having fun every second day. I should be ovulating now but instead have been cramping alot more than the last two pregnancies. Could it be that we are already pregnant and I’m not getting that clear mucus discharge I always get? My periods are on about 30-32 day cycle so come end of this month I would be 4wks pregnant thanks so much. Love your website

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  48. vicki

    Hi Im really confused, i had my little girl 18 months ago before i had her my period was every 4 weeks after i had her they have been all over the place sometimes i get a period every 6 weeks . my period last month was 2oth april lasted 4 days and today i have my period so it seems to be back to 4 weekly this month, so i never know when im most fertile etc can u shed any light on this plz????????

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  49. lushaunda

    i am on day 18 of my cycle. my cycle is 30 days. i have very dry cm. i do use a ovulation calender and have been for the past year and my af comes on time with the calender. my question is is it normal to have dry cm on day 18 of my cycle. the calender said that i should ovulate on the on may 19 day 17 of my cycle.. i have also been checking my cm every day. now for me my cm is normaly like lotion most of the month and dry 3-4 days before aunt flo. i was worried about this but the doctor said that it was ok and that i dont have any infections. i never have ewcm. when i do get it its after sex which i think is my hubby sperm. but i dont get it at anytime in my cycle without sex. i do have 3 children from another marriage youngest is 13. i am 38 hubby 30. we have been preg 3 times all lost to miss. last one lasted 3 months. i dont check my temp. is this normal please give any advice that you can. i know this is advice but all will help. i have an appt in october with a fertility doc.

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  50. Gemma

    Hello

    My husband and I have started trying for a baby. Last month unsuccessful and I was 26 day and this month is 24 day, the first day of my last period was 9 May 2013, doing my calculations meant I would have been fertile from Thursday to Monday (yesterday). Does this sound about right? Also, this time, except for Friday, we have been having sex every day, is that ok? or is it too much? Some websites say every day, some say every other day and some say two-three times a week. What would you advise?

    I don’t think there is anything else I can do now and just hope my period doesn’t arrive, so fingers crossed. But some insight on the above would be good.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks

    Gemma

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  51. Corinne

    Hi there,

    I have a 28 month old toddler who is still breast fed. I have still not had a menstrual cycle since becoming pregnant with him. I night weaned him around the first week of April and 23rd of April was so excited when I saw a ‘clump/plug’ of egg white mucus in my underpants. The next day I went back to having BIP of mucus for 3 ish days and then again noticed the egg white looking mucus (around the 26th of April). We were intimate as we were so excited that perhaps we would be able to conceive again after so long of no sight of fertility return. About 5 days later (around the 30 april/ 1 may) I again had a couple of days of egg white looking mucus (so we were intimate) 2 days later I woke in the night feeling very nauseas and then about 10 days later was very crampy and headachy, as well as feeling nauseas like I was going to have a period but nothing has happened at all. I waited until last week (around 24th may) to do a home pregnancy test thinking that even after the second suspected ovulation that should be enough time to know if im early stages pregnant and it was negative. Do you think my body is just warming up for return to fertility…. I’m so confused. All of the signs (nausea in the night 2 days after, cramping but no period etc) are exactly like what I had when I was pregnant with my first son. What are your thoughts.

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    • Corinne Piper

      ALso I’d like to add that prior to becoming pregnant I had stopped taking the pill and was charting using the billings method to achieve pregnancy so I know my body, but I have to say it is all very different post partum.

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      • mnfadmin

        Hi Corinne – it is so tricky for me to say exactly but it is very normal when breastfeeding – even just one feed a day for some women, that they see the body attempting to ovulate. It seems to me as though your body may have actually ovulated given your symptoms. Sometimes what we think is our period coming may actually be the body ovulating. At least your body is gearing up which is a fantastic sign.

  52. kristy

    Hello, i have two boys and im considering trying for a girl using the shettles method. ive been keeping track of my period since feb. 28, 2013 (that was the first day, and from the very first day i start to bleed until there is absolutely no blood, is about 10 days. i think that so many days is strange but my period is always regular. so for the past 4 months it has been as follows 2/28/13 – 3/8/13, 4/2/13 – 4/12/13, 5/2/13 – 5/12/13 so if im not wrong my cycle is about 32 days. my question is, if i am suppose to ovulate on day 18 why do my breasts get sore and bloating occure always 1 week before i bleed? is my ovulation off? can you help me figure out when i ovulate by the information i have given? if so, i would really appriciate your input. thank you so much, kriaty. :)

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  53. Liz

    I am getting married

    Next month and would love to conceive the very same month but the problem is my cycle changes from 30 day cycle to 29 day cycle now it’s 28.now l’m worried how do l track my ovulation?

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    • mnfadmin

      Always watch your cervical mucus – it will tell you when you are ovulating. Most peoples cycles vary from 26-32 days. That is perfectly normal.

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  54. lauren

    Ive started my period on the 24th of may and just coming off on the 31st of may i had my contreceptive implant removed we are trying for a baby but unsure when to start trying again to fall into my cycle can u help me pls as we really want a child of our own thanks.

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    • mnfadmin

      Lauren – may I suggest you search my blog for posts on the pill. I talk about why it is important to have 6 months off the pill before conception to get your body back on track and to restore the vitamins and minerals the pill severely depletes which may affect your baby if they are diminished. I can help you for sure with your inquiry although I’d need much more information. I do offer online skype consults – maybe this would be the best way forward. One thing I can say is don’t fall into the trap of ‘trying’ – regular sex all month round is key. I wish you wellness in your quest! x

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  55. Georgina

    Hi I have a cycle length of 32/33 days but was diagnosed with pcos 4 years ago. I came off the pill 4 months ago and my periods are regular. I’ve had blood tests with the doctor and they say my hormone levels are ok…I get the c.mucus so would you say it sounds like everything is working ok? Also if my cycle is 32/33 days is it best to be ‘active’ from day 12-20?

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    • mnfadmin

      Sounds like the PCOS isn’t of concern if you are having regular cycles and your tests are good. Watch your mucus to know when you are fertile but be sure to have sex all month around outside of the period time. The biggest mistake baby seekers take is limiting sex to the window they believe they are fertile in. Watch your mucus but have sex the entire month around. Happy Baby Making!! x

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  56. sirisha

    i had regular period from20th may 2013 to 22nd may 2013 days . after on my 12 th day it mean on 31st may to 2nd jun 2013 again i got bleeding start for 3 day.y it cause

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  57. Ankit Agarwal

    Hi ur answer was quite helpful gave me quite a bit information…jus wanna ask u i went to see a doc for my irregular periods she diagnosed me and said m sufferin from pco and a substrate utreus ..I wanted to conceive so she did follicular study for me and wen the egg ruptured she ingected me and told me to have sex with my husband…..but nothing happened I got my chums…..later on I got the ovulation kit to find out my day of ovulation And I cud do that and did sex with my partner . after three to four days we got intimate wit each other and had intercourse but this time after having sex my stomach hurted a lot which I never had before …..it lasted for bout half and hr or so…..so jus wanna ask u whether I was pregnant and or wat…..why was the stomach paining…..what was wrong…..and if nethin was wrong y m not getting pregnant……

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    • mnfadmin

      Hi Ankit,

      I need so much more information to best answer your question. I do offer online skype consultations which is the best way to help you. Giving advice from the little into I have here isn’t ideal. That said, your GP is doing what they know best to do but you must understand that it is very possible to fall pregnant if you have PCO – you just need to understand your body better to allow you to do so. x

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  58. georgia

    I have a 99% accurate menstrual cycle of 24 days but lately it has changed one month it was 25 the next 24 and this month 26. How will I know if I am ovulating with these changes? For as long as I can remember which is a long time it has been 24 day cycle…

    Help!! I’ve been trying to get pregnant for almost one year after my first miscarriage

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    • mnfadmin

      this is very normal and so many things will affect ovulation like stress, weight loss or weight gain, medication etc. Do you mean 24 days from period to period? This is a very short menstrual cycle which may explain why you aren’t falling pregnant. If you are in melbourne you should come to my class this weekend!

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  59. Megs

    Hi, thanks for your helpful tutorial. I’m 42 and trying for my 2nd bubba. I have had a cone biopsy before my last bub and struggled to fall pregnant so did IUI and with success on the first go on Day 16 of a normal 28 day cycle. Now, my cycle is between 25 and 27 days and my scans are showing that I have ready to go folicalles at day 9 and 10. I’ve had ovulation injections and IUI twice on Day 11 and then the following month on day 12. without success I can never tell when I ovulate other than the pee sticks! Why after all these years is my straight forward 28 day cycle changed and do you think I have a hormonal imbalance? Thanks

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  60. claire cooper

    I have been trying for my second child for a year, i am 38. I have noticed the last 4 cycles that i spot with stretchy mycus and blood a full week before a few full days of proper period then another 3-4 days spotting. I have had scan’s, blood tests and everything is normal. The doctors say its stress but i think this is a lame excuse. I don’t understand what is going on. Can u help.

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  61. becky

    I a̶̲̥̅♍ feeling a̶̲̥̅ kind of movement  D̶̲̥̅̊ right side of my stomach down to my vulva at D̶̲̥̅̊ same side. My period has been fluntuating,what could be wrong?

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  62. angel

    I saw my period on d 13th of june,I had sex on d 25 and 27 of june.pls wat is my chance of concieving a boy.I usually have 26 to 28 day cycle,it varies.

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  63. angel

    Pls,I saw my period on d 13th of june and I had sex on d 25th and 27th of d same june.on d 26th I felt pain on my lower belle but it was sharper on d 27th..wen exactly did I ovulate?was it on the day I had d sharp pain..and I’m seriously hoping for a boy.looking at d days I had sex,pls wat are my chances of. Concieving a boy..I usually have 26 to 28 days cycle,it varies,sometimes is 2day cycle and sometimes its 28.but from may to june was 26 day cycle.thank you.pls I need ur answer.

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  64. Jane

    Hi, please help me lol !! We atr tryinhs for a baby a couple og moths now and still nothing and I can’t figure out when I’m ovulatin? Laast month I stated bleeding the. 18th, I tride to. Work out mt ovulation date and it said 30-4th of this month I both ovulation stick took 2 tests and both negative? Please help me to know when it is? Because I can’t tell when my body is telling me. Thank you Jane

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  65. Jane

    And my bleeding is 7 days long starting light going heavely.

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  66. Lee

    I’ve just finished reading ‘A Coopertive Method of Natural Birth Control’ by Margaret Nofziger and am just coming off the pill (after an unhelpful chat with my GP and doing my own research). I’m trying to find a chart I can use/purchase to record my basal temperature as well as mucus, do you have any suggestions as to where I can find one?

    SO happy to find your blog! Both my sisters and I are attending your ‘Debunking Ovulation’ talk in August too, can’t wait.

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  67. Charlotte

    I have been trying for a baby for several months with no luck. I have 3 daughters aged 4,5 and 8years. I have been using ovulation kits that say I’m ovulating around day 16 but this month 2 days after my period finished I had the clear stretchy discharge, I haven’t started using the opk yet but his month but does that mean I have already ovulated? I would love to concieve a healthy baby boy but obviously healthy means the most to me. I was told to try to concieve close to ovulation to up the odd of trying to have a boy. Now I have had this stretchy discharge I don’t no wether I have already ovulated or to take notice of the opk? I have been using the kits for several moths with no luck??

    Many thanks in advance

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  68. Gift

    Hello. Nat! Thanks for this eye opening piece. However, my question is ths…My husband and I are trying. Conceive, and wanting a particular gender for that matter and since now I’ve just discoured my ovulation is the 15th day is it safe to continue to have sex 2 days prior and the D-day or do we just have it ONCE( as some articles put it) when we see the most cervical mucus and or BBT is high. Please advice!

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  69. Lisa

    Hi Nat, so just to be clear…in general if all is healthy, a woman can get pregnant on the few days leading up to ovulation and the day of ovulation? So according to your chart the days to become pregnant are 13, 14, and 15?

    This is assuming the person is experiencing a healthy, regular cycle.

    Thank you!

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    • mnfadmin

      A woman is considered fertile for 3 days post ovulation. So day of ovulation and then 3 days after. Depending on what your mucus looks like prior to ovulation (ie how many days it is there). I talk about all this in my classes. x

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  70. Lauren Roche

    Hi Nat, I’m turning 43 this sept and I have 2 beautiful children already but hubby and I would like just one more. We have been trying for 6 months now. My cycle is about 26 days and the first 2 days start off with a small amount of dark brown discharge and then day 3 &4 is heavy flow then days 5 &6 back to dark brown again.

    Mh kids are 3 &5 and took us 4-5 months to conceive and both great no problem pregnancies. I’m thinking my age is a big factor I’m fit and healthy and train 4-5 times a week. What are your thoughts , should I see someone ?

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    • mnfadmin

      There are so many factors that may contribute – it’s so hard for me to say without seeing you. Whilst age is something on our minds, it isn’t necessarily as big of a factor as we may have been led to believe. Remember fertility is constantly changing – we can influence it in many ways. Perhaps if you are keen to dive into this further we could do an online consult. I hope this helps!

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  71. Audrey patterson

    Hi Nat,

    Thanks for the great article. My partner and I are trying to conceive but its hard for me to know when I’m ovulating because I have constant clear non-smelling CM throughout the entire month every month. I’m never dry. Is this normal?

    Audrey

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    • mnfadmin

      You need my ovulation event! Not abnormal – there’s ways to tell – perhaps you should try and come to one of my debunking ovulation events.

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  72. Vanessa

    Hi there! I watched your video on ovulation and also read the above post, both were very good! I have a 3 year old and my husband and I just started trying for baby #2. With my son we weren’t trying, just not preventing and got very lucky and got pregnant the first try. This time I’ve decided to actually make an effort but am a bit confused… I have normal 31 day cycles, period is 5 days, starts heavy and slowly weans down. Yesterday and the day before I had EWCM, last night my husband and I had intercourse and today I’m very dry. My question is, how close to ovulation do you need to have intercourse? Could we have just made it in time this month? I just want to be able to plan for next month if we missed this time. Any information you can share so we’re prepared for next cycle would be greatly appreciated!

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    • mnfadmin

      Whenever you see EWCM your body is trying to ovulate so sex at this time is obviously important but I say to count 3 days post ovulation to cover your fertile window. So yes – looks like you may have made it! You’ll love my Ovulation event that I’m currently touring with.

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  73. Thully

    I’v been using depo for prevention so ma lsat one was last year December i’v started ma periods in May nd thy normally last for 3 days i’d like to kno if i can start Ovulating

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  74. denise

    hi I miscarried 8 weeks ago I had a day of dark blood 31days after d&c now 28days later dark sticky blood for 2 days is this a real period and will I ovulate like normal my cycle was 28 days usually ovulated 14 days before I got pregnant thanks

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  75. victoria

    Hi I stopped taking the pill towards the end of june came on the 16 July _19as we have been trying to conceive, but have had bleeding today and im not due on till 20 august , could this be inplantation bleed

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  76. Rana dean

    I have a question regarding EWCM. I don’t seem to produce any or only a teeny tiny bit (and that’s when actively searching for it). My acupuncturist has said I have a lot of “dampness” in my body. Could this be related? How can I improve EWCM apart from taking evening primrose oil, which I’m already doing? Thanks so much.

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    • mnfadmin

      Green tea! Remember it isn’t how much you see, it’s what you feel. Fertile Mucus will always feel wet and cold similar to when you period arrives (although that generally feels wet and warm ‘down there.’)

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  77. grace

    I have a long circle like 31-32 u don’t know how to count have been trying for 5yrs and I did a ovarian cycs surgery last year pls kindly help me out.thanks.

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  78. Aki-chan

    I’m 12 & ive had my period since I was 11. My period isn’t at all like the chart on ‘day 1′ it’s heavy and there’s heaps of pain same on day 2-3 then it starts to get better but on day 7-8 it stops for 0.5-1 day and than comes back again for 1-1.5 days then the mucus doesn’t come till around day 20 or later and from day 23-day28 I get really bad pain. Is something wrong I know my auntie and possible sister have (I think ) something like ther uterus is the wrong way causing pain I’m worried if anythings wrong?

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    • mnfadmin

      It would be a great idea to do an online consultation to better assist you. There isn’t necessarily anything wrong but your body may need some support.

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  79. bisi

    I finish my period 3days ago now can I have sex bcos am trying to conceive 3months now after miscarriare

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  80. Elisa

    I have a problem,I had a period 4weeks back that lasted for 2weeks then had anothet one two weeks back that lasted for 6days.the got another one that was very. Brown more lik browm discharge 3days ago then it changed to blood bt only lasted for a day.what could be wrong?

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    • LJW

      Hi Nat, I came of the pill after 14 years 18 months ago because TTC. Periods seemed normal straight away and they have always been very regular and predictable since I was 12, I’m now 31. Just in the last 6 months or so, my periods have been very light but lasting about a week (not enough to use tampons/pads etc), with,at most 2-3 days in the middle with normal flow. I had been having obvious EWCM and a surge in libido each month so was confident I was ovulating but now it has stopped.I have been using ovulation test kit this month and no luck so far but am only on day 11. Period was 4 days late one month but then came and last month I was convinced I was pregnant as unexplained fatigue, nausea, heightened sense of smell etc but then period came but a couple of days light then a few normal and then a few light with coloured discharge at the end. We had a spell of about 1 year within this 18month period where we were not TTC. Suggestions as to what could be going on welcome!

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      • mnfadmin

        LJW – I need so much more information to better guide you. Perhaps an online consultation would be best here. x

    • mnfadmin

      Are you underweight? This is a very common thing in those who are underweight.

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      • Brittany

        Hi I noticed you mentioned having a day of brown blood, my period consists of about 2 heavier days but only needing to chang pad 2-3 times daily & then i have a day where i bleed almost nothing but of what blood i do see its really BROWN. then my period begins again the next day totally about 6-7 days then i have brown discharge for almost 2 weeks, in fact when im ovulating the brown bloody discharge has just stopped but can turn my discharge a tannish color still! i have endometriosis and didnt know if this is a hormone deffinciencey and wondered if that is what its from? (the abnormal bleeding) i have no fibroids or cysts. i have been trying to concieve 8 years and 2 months ago had a blighted ovum. I started taking maca and bee propolis 4 months before conceiving with my blighted ovum. any suggestions, or advice is great!!!! also, i experience sore boobs after ovulation which is typically day 17 of my cycle (31 day cycle) and the month i conceived the were also sore but i am not experiencing any sore boobs and ovulated a week ago just wondering what might cause this! thank you ! !

      • elisa

        Nat wat could be wrong wth me?I’m 21 nd nt realy underweight.iv started havin lite abdominal pains,getting a lot of. White discharge nd getting wet alot

      • mnfadmin

        Elisa – I’d need much more info to comment I’m sorry – perhaps organising a consult with me might be useful for you x

      • elisa

        What do I need to do to have an online consaltation with you nat?

  81. laura c

    ok- have been trying to conceive now for 3 months. Already have 2 boys and didnt have any problems conceiving so am puzzled.

    My cycle before last was 28 days and last months was 25 days. This month i have been using clear blue ovulation test sticks and as of yet (day 14) have not had a LH surge??

    Any ideas? I have howerver had the ‘wet’ days and my hubby and i have been fully active throughout.

    I just dont know the answer or whether im being impatient! :-)

    Many thanks in advance

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    • mnfadmin

      Yes – because we can ovulate much later than we would assume – stress will delay ovulation as will diet and lifestyle changes, weight loss, exercise etc. I’d say you’re just ovulating later than you think.

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      • laura

        so ill be day 19 tomo- ill test in the morning too. I still have lower abdo on palpation- bloating and a ‘wet’ feeling almost butterfly too.

        Im not stressed, just puzzled. Ive been the same weight since the baby weight loss of my last son and nothing is different.

        I guess we will just have fun every day until i think to do a pregnancy test early sept or get my period!?

        Many thanks

  82. funmmy. Oo

    i used postinor after sex 9th and 11th day of my period and i did pregnancy urine test 7 days to my next period which is negative and now is 6 days to my period and am seeing some white mucus discharge feeling as if my period is on its way. Am scared. Is anything wrong please help

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    • mnfadmin

      Sorry I need so much more information to comment. Pregnancy tests are most accurate taken the exact day your period is due.

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  83. Miriam Reddy

    Hi there. I have PCOS and I have found it very hard to pinpoint exactly when I ovulate. It took me almost three years to conceive and now as I want a second baby the battle starts all over again. I have very erratic cycles lasting from anywhere between 35-50 days, sometimes even more. It’s a different story every month and I have tried to keep a track but to no avail. Can you please help me figure out my body so that I can look towards conceiving and having another baby. Thank you

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    • mnfadmin

      Of course! I’d love to. Perhaps making a time for an online consult if you aren’t local would be the best way. Or stay tuned for the download of my debunking ovulation seminar.

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  84. chavonne

    Hi there me and my fiance has been trying to fall pregnant for the past 9 months now, nothing happens. My cycle is norm, 28days, day11 of my cycle. By when am I most fertile and how long does fertility last(till when). Please help its becoming very stressful for the both of us. I’m also using DS24 15 days now, will this multivitiman help by any chance? Thanks!

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    • mnfadmin

      Please try all month around – not just when you think you are ovulating. If you are in Australia I encourage you to try and get to one of my debunking ovulation seminars!

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  85. Lisa

    Hi Nat,

    Trying for baby no 2. Since having my baby I now get quite painful cramping and bloating around half way through my cycle. I never had this before?

    I have a 29-30 day cycle, period was 3rd of month then first noticed ewcm on day 13 so had intercourse days 13, 15 & 16. I then got cramping days 17,18 & 19 but ewcm finished on day 18. My question is have I missed the boat, should I have kept trying? Was the cramping ovulation? But why do I not have ewcm anymore but still feel cramps?

    If you have any advice on this would really appreciate it, thank you

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    • mnfadmin

      This sounds like oestrogen dominance although without seeing you it is really hard for me to say exactly. This is a key sign – the ovulation pain. The last day of EWCM is ovulation. Absolutely you should always keep trying and don’t fall into the trap of only having sex when you think you’re ovulating. All month round is key. x

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  86. Vikki

    Hello,

    The date my period started was the 15th aug and its says my fertile window is from 26th but my partner is working away from that day for 2 weeks is it possible to get pregnant if we have intercourse each day up until he goes away?

    Thanks

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  87. charlotte

    Great article, ive spent hours reading articles on the Internet over the past 6 months of TTC. Ive been having regular 44 day cycles but cannot seem to pin point ovulation using both digital and normal opk. Ive had 6 days of high fertility but no peak and constant mild cramps throughout my cycle. Also, little EWCM on week 3 but no EW since yet still not dry and now on week 5! Bloods are all normal so no insight there. Fertility has been a lot more confusing than I ever imagined. Any tips or advice you have would be hugely appreciated

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  88. Joanne O'Connell

    Hi Nat, im 39 years old have a one year old. We have been trying to convince for the last 6 months. I haven’t had a period since the 26june been to the doctors had blood test everything fine. My lh test are showing positive last month and on the 18 august but still no period. I am having s little white discharge at the moment. Should I go back to the doctors? What should I do? Thanking you joanne

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  89. Calista

    Hi please I need to know, is it possible for me who has an average of 32 days cycle to ovulate on the 22nd day and get pregnant. Because I had my last period on the 30th of July – 3rd of August and I expected to ovulate on the 18th or 19th of august and I had sex on the 21st of this month.because I tried avoiding pregnancy but haven’t got my period…please I would like to know…I really don’t want to get pregnant now..thank you.

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  90. maz

    I had the stretchy discharge monday night and the condom split saturday afternoon during sex. Can I still get pregnant coz u said its the last day u notice the discharge etc and I dont no when this was. I also had a bleed the morning I thought it was start of period coz cramps but stopped now.

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  91. maz

    When said monday night I mean monday 26th August and had the sex Saturday 30th august and the bleed monday 2nd September. I thought this might help if I give dates. Thanks

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  92. Dorothy

    Hi Nat,I had my period on 3august 2013 and I removed my implant on 27august 2013,I had sex on 28 August 2013.i had brownish spotting for three days,how will I know am ovulating

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  93. Shelby

    Hey i was wondering if you can help me out? I hope so. The 7th of september is my due date for my period but it usually comes a few days or so after the due date, usually less than 2 weeks at most. About around a week before the 7th (my due date) ive noticed a brown discharge when i wipe and stuff which lasted for about 5-7 days possibly more like 5 or 6 and i was wondering what this could mean??? Im kinda nervous lol. If you could help me out that would be great. If not, maybe you know of someone who can? Thanks. Heres my email just in case: shelby.stanis@gmail.com

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    • mnfadmin

      I need so much more info sorry Shelby – the brown discharge can be so many things. Most commonly ovulation or implantation. I hope that helps!

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  94. Samantha machin

    I started my period 3 days earlier this month – is this a bad thing? My periods are always on time, never late nor early! Me and my husband have been trying now for just over a year – in all honesty I’m starting to worry slightly now

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  95. Josie

    I just turn 38 I want this year to b the year I GET pregnant I miscarried in 07 and haven’t conceived again this is so sad to me I was going to a fertility Dr but stop bc of money so now it’s all on use the natural waY but nothing is happening my husband was check and was good so I’m not understanding why I’m not getting pregnant

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  96. Georgina

    I have other signs o ovulation except the stretcy discharge, is it normal?

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  97. Anna

    Hiya I’ve been having a clear discharge and had sex last nite with my hubby to be and I had a small pale pink bleed which lasted a few mins could I be pregant and also I had a miscarriage last October at 7 week 3 day and we are trying again please help

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  98. Crystal

    would like some pointers, my period is irregular and i think my cycle is 32 days? i recently had a period aug23rd-28th. then was ovulating sept 6th for 4 days, found that out by taking ovulation tests. then started my period sept 14th? it is very heavy and with cramping.i havent had this in awhile cause i had a miscarriage 3 mos ago. so far my periods have been once a month and about 4 days long, what is this?

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  99. Alice

    Hi. We had sex on the 9th day of my cycle. He didn’t ejaculate inside me. He pulled out when he felt he is near coming. What are the chances of me getting pregnant? Thanks. – alice

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  100. Ritika kartik

    my question is that , my periods were a bit irregular for last couple of months, after visiting doctor she gave me a tablet and this month it (period) also LH AND FSH level was checked on the day one of my period…MY LH value came lower than FSH … my period came on 10th of September and now i started checking my cervical mucus…from day 6th.. it was thick , like greasy… and a high mucus was there and today on day 12th I am noticing no mucus at all… some clear liquids are there…. some wet feeling… and on my panty some wet liquid discharges are there….what does this mean???

    Have i ovulated???or something else don’t know pretty confused…

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  101. Ritika kartik

    my question is that , my periods were a bit irregular for last couple of months, after visiting doctor she gave me a tablet and this month it (period) my period came on 10th of September and now i started checking my cervical mucus…from day 6th.. it was thick , like greasy… and a high mucus was there and today on day 12th I am noticing no mucus at all… some clear liquids are there…. some wet feeling… and on my panty some wet liquid discharges are there….what does this mean???

    also LH AND FSH level was checked on the day one of my period…MY LH value came lower than FSH …

    Have i ovulated???or something else don’t know pretty confused…

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  102. Keeta

    great information and perfect timing for me to stumble upon this entry! thankyou :)

    its been 3 months since I have taken the pill, It feels so great to reclaim back my body! 10 years on the pill and I never made the connection between it and my intermittant nausea and weight gain.

    Peace, love & light

    keeta

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  103. Akosua

    I had sex on the 9th day of my circle and on the day 14, which can lead to preganancy?

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  104. Manza

    Hi Nat. We have just started ttc after almost 3 years with the mirena coil in. We have 2 healthy children but I am now almost 40 and worried a bit about my ovulation cycle. This month I ovulated on day 9 and last month I ovulated on day 15. The previous month I also ovulated on day 9 and was convinced I was pregnant and had a miscarriage even though the test I did was negative. My period was 3 days late and I usually have a very regular 28 day cycle. I also had many early pregnancy symptoms. I’m now concerned there is something wrong hormonally if I’m ovulating on day 9 again this month. I don’t know if I’m pregnant yet as I’m not due to get my period until the 16th October. What do you think and what can be done to help with early ovulation? Many thanks.

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  105. Bekki

    Hi, thanks for the explanation. I get really turned on right before I start my period. I also got implantation bleeding quite a long time after I’d have expected to and a positive test even later. Might it be that I ovulate late? I looked up the whole “getting turned on right before I start my period” thing a few months ago but couldn’t find anything out – but it did make me wonder if maybe my fertility is all topsy-turvy.

    It could of course be Misattribution of Arousal (literally!), ie I feel a bit more wet and attribute it to being turned on and thus get more turned on. Who knows?

    If you have any info on this or links to any studies it’d be great to have it.

    Many thanks!

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  106. Leah

    I am normally due my period on the 6th of every month so ave been having white cm the past 4 days no dry days and my period is 1 day late

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  107. Li-Anne

    Hi ther really gud info here thank u x I had a mmc jan 13 and am desperate to concieve again x I have been charting my periods ever since mmc an my bbt for a cpl ov weeks x my cycle is between 22-26 days so pinpointing my ovulation day is very difficult x and I am 35 yrs old x I am trying to understand this whole thing and have learnt a lot thru various sites x I think I will now try checking for cm but will have to luk into the best way to do this x I am aware of how it shud b at wat time etc but I dnt think I get the ewcm I get whitish cm at sum point around ovulation but dnt seem to get ewcm x I am tryin not to get hung up on all this but it’s hard x I have a .5 rise in my bbt approx 3 days after my chart says I shud be ovulating but this is based on a default 25 day cycle an like I say ther is no pattern to my cycle an they vary in length evry mnth x confused dot com dot help fwrd slash arrrrggghghhh!!!x please advise, thanks in advance!!!!x x

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  108. Caity

    Can you email would live to talk to you

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  109. selina

    Hi my names Selina and I have been TTC for 10 years now and I have PCOS. My question is, is it possible to start a period straight after ovulation? The only times I get ovulation symptoms i start to bleed a couple of days later but when I have no ovulation symptoms my period is normal :-(

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  110. oyinks

    I had a headache last week,I felt fatigued for 3days the week before that,and I got a cold which came out of nowhere 2days ago,I had the symptoms of a cold except a headache and the cold is getting better,could I be pregnant?,and also,during ovulation,is the vaginal opening wet and hot or wet and cold?

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  111. kate

    Hi Nat

    I had my period on the. 27 of Oct and my last period was on the 30 of sept. During my last cycle I was monitor by a Doctor that told me when my ovulation period was when there was mature folicile , when I should have sex with my spouse I.e ( 16 , 18, & 19 of Oct) which we did and we didn’t have sex again. On the 27 of Oct l had my period again nomal 5days & I am having slight pains on both side of my breast & my breast are tender & bigger. Pls advise me bcos am worried why I am not missing my period or pregnant

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  112. Oluchi Lilian

    I had my october period on 5-8 I had sex on 16 october,I was suppose to ovulate the next day because my circle is 26. I saw all the signs of pregnancy but I had a late period which started on 2nd nov & it ran for 3 & half days. Pls am I pregnant. I really need to be pregnant

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  113. M1520

    My gf had her periods on the 30th october 2013…and on 31st october she gave me a BJ and she took my cum in her mouth…i took my penis out and covered it with my hand and took it near her tummy…she had worn her top which was made of net…can sperms slide down from there if at all if ang drops slid down…and she had worn her jeans which were quite tight enough…She had her last 2 cycles of 30-32 days but before that of 40-41 days but normally they are 25+ days … Any chnace of she possibly ovulating early in her cycle because she saw 2-3 drops of blood on CD8&9….and she bled till CD5 and then on CD8&9….any chance of pregnancy.??

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  114. Jordan

    Hi my cycle is 32 days long, on the ovulation test kit instructions it says that I should start testing on day 18 is this correct? I want to get it right and try and conceive on the right days. Thank you.

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  115. joy

    As have promise that you can treat this . Which type drug do I neet to. Take or cream to. Applied docto r pls help me

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  116. Jenell

    Hello I was wondering if you could help me with my problem. ill try to explain this the best I can. So a few weeks ago I started having pregnancy symptoms, almost all of them in the book. I wasn’t trying, but also wasn’t not trying. I have never had sore breasts before not once, so I was a little alarmed at first by that symptom. and after a week or so I had almost every symptom in the book minus the spotting or bleeding. I haven’t had a period since September 20th 2013. today is now the 13th of november 2013. Ive tested negative continuously so started to give up on the idea but still carrying all the symptoms. Than The sunday of last week the 3rd, I was going to the restroom before intercourse and noticed a huge blob of clear sticky cm on the toilet paper, I have never seen that before, it was such a large amount, it looked almost like I blew my nose but perfectly clear with a little dot of red in it. it was thick and sticky, it grossed me out to say the least. So then after I cleaned up I had intercourse, my fiancé said I smelled bitter down there and I was sticky. during intercourse it almost hurt, I was really sensitive and it felt like he was hitting the back of me (cervix?) we finished and I thought nothing of it till the middle of the week, I thought maybe my symptoms the few weeks before were my body naturally ovulating for the first time and that’s why my symptoms were so clearly stated on every website, and when that blob of cm came out it was my most fertile day and the mucus plug was what I found. So im thinking I conceived on the 3rd. Is that possible that is what happened? I still tested negative since but it has only been 10DPO so im thinking its too soon since I usually only have a period once every three months because of my pills. Please help ive been going nuts. I don’t think my breasts could still be this sore after three 1/2 weeks if I wasn’t pregnant, as well with all the other symptoms.

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  117. charity gose

    I have irregular periods does that mean I don’t ovulate? I will have my period sometimes for 3 days and sometimes for one day and every month is is not the same days I do the ovulation kit but I only have been positive once the last 2 months I always get a negative result am I doing the test wrong or am I just not ovulating? This is so frustrating because my doctor told me I was fine

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  118. Tamica

    Hi I have an average 28 day cycle but I ovulate at different times, my period usually goes for 7 days. First few days are quite heavy then the next couple of days are light then the last day or two is basically spotting. I’ve had an ovulation test before and I’ve ovulated 5 days before my next period, sometimes it’s 11 days before and it changes! I’ve had a hormone test done by my GP and apparently all was normal.. What could be causing this, is this normal? And what would help regulate my ovulation times?

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  119. neetu

    Hi . I have done a test and it shows positive . I want a tablets which will help me get my periods asap

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  120. Tayla

    Docs said my overies have to many things that firm eggs.

    I’m taking folic acid as I got told by a friend it will level my hormones.

    Mind you period is out of whack but is starting to come regular after having contraception. Was three days late but had a regular cycle

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  121. rossy

    I am having an irregular menstruation, my circle does not have a particular date but my last period started on 13 october 2013 right after my period i started having with my husband till date. please I want know if there is chance me getting pregnant .we just. Got married. Thanks

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  122. jeanne

    Hi,

    Today im so confused. So heres the story Im usually quite late in ovulating say day 21 as my cycle was usually between day 32 and day 36 . I was put on a three months progesterone cyglogest with the direction of taking them between day 14- 21 and im on my second month of progesterone. I this month decided to use ovulation test strips from day 9 up to day 16 , got a positive test on day 16 so my partner and I said brilliant this month we actually were right on time if you know what I mean and I was getting so excited. just in case I also did a test day 18 and Day 20 and they came up negative so I said to myself may be day 16 , 17 was my fertile time.

    Then today I had alillte bleed , feeling like my period even though Im realistically not due to have my period day 29 whats the reason. Im so upset and now completely confused as to my cycle length. Maybe you could offer me some advice.

    Jeanne

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  123. jessie

    Hey when having sex and my partner cums in me are u meant to feel it and it being warm.Because it was the first time over a week ago I felt it snd warm . Other times I dont. Wat does it mean.

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  124. jemshay

    I saw my period on the 21st October and the 4th of November. This could have been cause I stop the birth control 6 days after I started as am trying to conceive. I had sex every day during my ovulation days 16th to 23rd. I had an ultra sound on the 21st no signs of pregnancy. Did I tested too early. Can fertilization could have gone unnoticed. Am having mild lower cramps.

    As there any chance I can be pregnant.

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  125. Mapule

    Hi i got my period on de first of every month bt nw i got my period on de 25 again,nd de where no signs tht they are coming stll no pain.help pls im goin out of my mind thinking maybe i am pregnant bcz dis year on february i got de same period den find out tht i ws pregnant

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  126. jod

    This is very useful. I am currently trying for a baby, i have one and have lost one. My cycle is pretty much bang on 28days. However when i am in my fertile mucus stage my mucus is not clear and is a dark brown colour, almost like old blood? Is this normal?

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  127. glocias

    Pls I do have regular period and I see watery tin dat draws b4 my period does it means am fertile?having watery discharge 4rm 1 of my breast n milky discharge 4rm d other breast.pls can I get pregnant?

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  128. Stacey

    I had sex the day I came off my period and again 2 days before ovulation what are the chances of me being pregnant. Many thanks

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  129. kim

    Is this still relevant to someone with a copper IUD?

    I have 3 children, used exclusive breastfeeding as contraception between children and only used the combined pill as a teen before the kids were born. The IUD was the winner of very long deliberations with my husband and won out over vasectomy.

    I have had it in for less than 6mnths now. I have 7-8wk cycles with several isolated days of dark spotting between. Moontime is painful and I get moody which is not like me and also I have skin problems much the same as I have had in the early weeks of pregnancy and after weaning my children.

    I feel like my only option is natural birth control!

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  130. Rosie

    I had my periods which lasted for 7 days.and 5 days later i started bleeding agian and it lasted for 7 days aswell could i be pregnant??

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    • joy

      Hi,I have a very big problem,I want you to find a solution for me,when ever a have sex with my partner his sperm sheds out of my vigina immediately and I have bEen trying to conceive for like two years now and this has been a problem. I nee d your urgent reply thank you.

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  131. Sarah

    Hi! My boyfriend has not ejaculated in me, but there is a possibility pre-cum could have been released. I had my period about two weeks ago. It was a day shorter than normal, but the flow was the same. I haven’t felt that great, so I decided to take a few pregnancy tests. (I’m a bit of a worry wart.) I took 6 tests, and they all came back negative. I still do not feel at peace, so I decided to get an ovulation kit. Today was the day I was supposed to ovulate, and it says I have low fertility. Am I stressing myself out so much that ovulation is delayed? Or could I possibly be pregnant?

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  132. Nikki

    Hi, I have a question…I normally have a pretty regular 28 day cycle only this month at around ovulation time I travelled to australia…I didn’t take my period and it is now 6 days late…negative HPT…we want to start trying for a baby again…do you know when i would be likely to ovulate again and what has happened this month? Could it be because of the travelling? And does it mean my ovulation was delayed or did I ovulate but no period?? Thanks for your help :)

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  133. aisha

    What does ovulation exactly look like? 28 day cycle and on day 15 i had white lotion type discharge. No itching. And now today on day 16 im a little dry. What happens next? Trying to concieve first child.

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  134. Lourdes Rodriguez

    I need to know if I need a regular menstrual cycle to know when I am ovulating, I am 34 years old. My fiance and I are trying to have a baby and I am wondering, since my menstrual cycle is not normal. Some months I get it late in the month like around the 20th or later. Other months I get it like last month on the 15th. When I wipe my self I always check to see if it’s clear mucus or milky.

    I know that if it’s clear I am ovulating and if it’s milky I am not. My main concern is I don’t know my cycle length. Sometimes I have even had months where I have had in on the 22nd or even the 28th for like 2 or 3 months straight. But like I said last month I got my period on the 15th. The month before that on the 18th. How do I find out my cycle length and when I am ovulating.

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  135. clare

    Hi i have 3 children 10 3 and 1 never used contraception but have been trying for number 4 for 10 mths now with my new partner he has 3 children also. Was wondering if there was any sort of herbal remedies to improve our changes.

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  136. Jamie B

    First you should know, I am NOT trying to get pregnant. My boyfriend and I have been having protected sex, but sometimes unprotected, just for maybe like 2 minutes and then puts a condom on. I last had my period on 11/26/13 and my next period should be around 12/24/13. On Saturday 12/7/13 I started feeling a little wet but didn’t think anything of it. Then the next day, I spotted I think. Dark brown discharge. It totally caught me off gaurd. Now today 12/10/13 the spotting is decreasing a little, but I woke up this morning very wet. And (sorry for TMI) there was a whiteish boogery substance. Am I pregnant or am I just ovulating? I’ve never spotted before and I’m freaking out. I’ve head that stress and weightloss can cause this, and I’ve had a very stressful week last week and I’ve also been losing weight. I am also on birth control. I’ve been feeling normal, not moody or crampy, or dizzy but just stressed from this situation. Please help! Thank you

    -Jamie

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  137. t.girl

    If one should sex 3 days after 5days cycle can one be pregnant

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  138. Miss W

    Hi there. I’m having trouble working out when I ovulate, my period comes generally every 43 days. After coming off the pill 11 months ago, my period started a little out of whack.

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  139. Karen

    Hello well my last period was 11/19/13 I think I ovualation on 12/2/13..I had unprotected sex on tht day..so my period wasn’t supposed to start until 12/16/13 I hve my period every 28days..so today I was hving a lil pain nt like I usally do with a period..no cramps or nothing n I used to hve really bad cramps..could I be having implantion bleeding.

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  140. MissD28

    I have been off this pill since feb 2013. This month my period started on the 4th and I started the pill I kept bleeding so I stopped it and the bleeding stopped the next day (which if I hadn’t taken the pill and it had extended my period would have been my first fertile day) today I am experiencing headaches and Lots of discharge which is creamy but odourless. Along with stretchy white discharge. I have had unprotected sex this month.

    My question is am I ovulating ?

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  141. evans

    pls l am one of those trying to conceive. my periods is always 26 days cycles. my Doctor check me and told me to have sex with my husband on the 15th, 16th n 17th day which l did, then on the 19th day of my cycle, l started seeing blood, it was not too heavey but on the 20th it flows so heavily and continues on 21st day, l have not witness this before. pls dear what is wrong with me.

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  142. heather

    Hi i never had EWCM and i recently had it on my cd15 for about half a day. My cycle for the last two have been 26 days they range from 26 – 33 days. i had intercourse on cd 21 is there a chance i might be pregnant?

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  143. Tiffany

    Hello Nat!

    So, I guess I’ll just dive right into my question… I got my period December 3 2013 ( first one since august of 2012 when I ended BC pills). I noticed clear and stretchy cervical mucus three weeks after Dec. 3 (period). I should’ve expected my period on Dec 31st. But no period and no discharge. I have irregular periods and have been ttc since Oct 2012… Just wondering what’s up.

    Thanks, Tiffany

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  144. Ashley

    Me and my partner have been trying to conceive for a while now. 8 out of 12 months my period is normal. Every 29 30 days. Then out of nowhere its early and sometimes late then bavk to 29 30 days. I thought since I have periods that meant you were fertile. So we started calculating my period and ovulation. Still no baby! Unfortunately I don’t have health insurance so I can’t just go get help. Anything affordable is my biggest question.

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  145. Stacey

    Hi I’m not due for my period till another 9 more days but I am bleeding brownish blood it’s not heavy sometimes it stops I have been of my pill for a week and a bit now as I’m trying for another baby but the thing is I haven’t had prober periods for ages until I started back on the pill then I got normal periods but now I have stopped it’s gone all weird again what could this mean

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  146. florence

    I had my period 30 december 2013, and on 5th a fluid came out of me what does that indicate

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  147. najiba siddiqi

    Hi…

    From the past two months I think iv not been ovulating because I don’t get any symtoms of ovulation and I have more dry cycles than usual but period is exactly on time, i have a 30 day cycle and I’m trying to concieve what can this be its worrying me?

    Thank you.

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  148. Sarah

    What is happening if u notice the cervical mucus after when one should typically ovulate? For example, I don’t notice it until a week before my period. Nothing else happens before.

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    • najiba

      Sarah…what it sayin is true but from the past two months I dont notice any cervical mucus in my 30 day cycles…and before that i was fine…

      So that’s what my question is…

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  149. laurika

    Hi there.. I would like to know the following. I have noticed that eaxh month my period would be either on day 24 one month and day 19 the next month, then day 26 the following.I used to get heavy cramps when I was younger I am 33 now and my periods are not heavy in terms of cramps anymore. The colour is normally a darkish pink red and it last from 2 to 3 days. The first two days the flow is heavy and the last day its minimal.by day four my flow is done.

    I do get pains in my lower back before I get my period and I get bloated with breast tenderness normally a week or two before my period.

    I want to know is there sumthing wrong with me.

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  150. Graziella

    this month i ovulate on the 19th day of my cycle,i know cause i take an ovulation test.can i get pregnant or is not a good egg ? thanks

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  151. Sherry

    I’m just wondering how many globs of egg white discharge should a woman have before ovulation to be considered healthy? I notice the “wet” feeling but I only have one time when the discharge is thick and egg white-ish.

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  152. Jen

    Hi Nat,

    I started my period 9 days ago and it was 5 days long. I shouldn’t ovulate for a few more days. I took an ovulation test and it was low fertility, which makes sense. However yesterday I had thick CM and today it is very slippery and wet (and a lot of it) From everything I’ve read, it seems I’m ovulating despite the test. My regular cycle is 28 to 30 days. Any help would be great!

    Thanks!

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  153. amanda

    Trying to get pregnant was with an ex for 9 yrs and never happened now I’m trying again and no such luck. My period was not regular for six months just started to get back to normal bout three months ago I have No idea if I ovulate. And I feel like I can’t have kids

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  154. dalila

    4 days after my period I had strechy mucus and had sex can I become pregnant

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  155. Mona Harris

    Hello I have read and fully understand your information about ovulation that you have released. But am I 100% confident that I can conceive? No the reason why is because now that I have read your information and have notice that I have experienced all those signs before. I can only remember in my 24 yours of living that’s only happened twice. I have gotten pregnant before that was three years ago. Do to a private situation I don’t have a living child. Six months after my situation I had a serious surgery where I had to get my left Fallopian tube and my left ovary removed. So as of now I only have my right ovary and my right Fallopian tube. It’s been two in a half years since that has happened. I haven’t been concerned or keep track with my period or ovulation because I wasn’t trying to conceive. So I don’t know if it’s been how it is now since my surgery. Now that you have read my life situation here comes the questions.

    Can I get pregnant with one tube and one ovary

    My period comes every month and stays for five days, my bleeding seems normal, but it changes up every other month. Example, my period will come every 24 days and then another month come every 27 days, and then another month come ever 29 days.

    So how would I know my fertility days to get pregnant if I don’t know when my next period will be, so I can count back to the period I just to find out my days to conceive. So what does that really mean? And what can I do about it? I really want a child of my own and I just don’t know what else to do. I have been going through this for months now and I don’t want to keep thinking about something that maybe couldn’t happen for me. I think if I just know if I can or can’t I would let it go. Please comment back with the answers answer back my questions. Thank You

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  156. Becky

    I rarely ovulate because I rarely have periods but I get random positive ovulation tests but no period to follow it. I started taking evening primrose oil on the 20th December 2013 and I got my first period in 6 months on the 23rd December which was great! Then I got a positive ovulation test on cycle day 19 but I noticed my temperature hadn’t changed at all I had no dip in temperature or rise after my positive ovulation test. I am completely clueless. I am due my period tomorrow if I did actually ovulate and I’ve had a few positive pregnancy tests but the lines have not been getting darker they’ve actually been getting lighter. Is there anything I can do to make myself have regular periods so I can get pregnant?

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  157. roslyn

    Dear Nat

    I’m 21years old an recently noticed a change in my cycle. I was getting it abit late than normal..then when I got it ,I was using more pads than normal it was a heavy flow. if I sat down an stood up awhile after it would jus come out like a open tap sometimes I would get messed..I started taking folic acid think my iron was low..now I got my periods for the 2nd month they weren’t so bad bt they were still just leaking out now they stoped for a day then came back then stoped again now 2day they came back please help me understand what’s going on with my body ,do I need to go get it checked up or is it nothing to fuss about.

    Regards

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  158. MIchelle

    Hi Nat! I just stumbled upon your site and LOVE it! I read through all the posts (questions) and your responses… But nothing really fit my situation. :/

    In November of 2013 I had a tubal reversal. The doctor could only repair my right tube… So I have less to work with. Before my surgery I religiously saw EWCM… But since the surgery I haven’t. However, I am using OPK’s and they have been positive. For example, this month I had a positive from Saturday, January 25th (2pm) – January 26th (8pm)’ and I’ve been having pains on my lower right side (woohoo)! My husband and I bd’d on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday… But unfortunately he left for training this afternoon (Army). Could I still be fertile without seeing the EWCM??? A lot of what I read says “no.” I have a 30 cycle (avg) with a 5 day period. Thanks for taking the time to read my “story.”

    Sincerely,

    MLM

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  159. Nicole

    DH and I have been TTC for 4 months with no success. I am 29 and DH is 21, so I doubt age is a factor. I am unable to determine when I ovulated or if I even have. My period lasted 9 days and I was continuously wet right after that. DH and I have BD’d every day since my period ended. Today, I noticed some EWCM when we BD’d today. Is it possible that I have ovulated today or did I ovulate before that? I have a normal 27 day cycle, but this is the first time that my period lasted 9 days. Please get help me to understand what is going on. Baby dust to all!!!!!

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    • mnfadmin

      Nicole – you will absolutely LOVE my Debunking Ovulation download. This is exactly why I created it – to help women understand exactly what their own individual bodies are telling them. May I suggest you take a look – http://www.debunkingovulation.com – it really will answer your questions. x

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  160. Lela

    Hi there

    What does the purple chart mean? I don’t really understand. My cycle is 33 days. I usually ovalate on the 18th day or 19th day. But I only experience on the 17th or 18th day the mukes. Which is sticky and wet. But not your chart… So is that the days I actually ovalate ?

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  161. Michelle

    Hi Nat, thanks for this article! I was breastfeeding my boy all along (he’s now 19mths) & my period returned on 23 Dec (first time my period came back). However, there wasn’t any period the whole of January. Is it normal, i.e. my period hasn’t gone back to it’s regular schedule? How do I know which is my ovulation day if there is no period?

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    • mnfadmin

      Hey Michelle – this is very normal whilst breastfeeding. It may take some time as your body adjusts. It’s nothing to worry about if it is sporadic whilst nursing.

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  162. Juanita Fourie

    dear Nat I love the whole approach of treat the cause not the symptom. I live in South Africa and we have very little Natural Fertility experts (most ObGyn do the BCp or clomid thing).

    I have PCOS and cycles vary 35-39 days. Now on eaither CD 42 or CD 17 (Had bright red blood on CD24 and CD26, don’t thing it was a period). I had Egg white mucus yesterday and today. I use Vitex and Pregnacare conception.

    Which other treatments or therapies do you suggest for PCOS. I concieved my DS after ovarian drilling but thought this time we’ll try the natural approach.

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  163. sharon

    Please help I have been watching my cycle now for 3 months as we are trying for a girl.. problem is I bleed every 32 days for 5 days stop for one then bleed on the 7 day so when is my ovulation day again im due again on the 17th of feb

    Thank you sharon

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    • mnfadmin

      Hi Sharon,

      It’s so very hard for me to comment with such little info and without seeing you. Ovulation will vary month to month, it’s unlikely to be the exactly same day of the cycle every time because it is influenced by so many things. I think you’d really benefit from watching my Debunking Ovulation mini ecourse. http://www.debunkingovulation.com

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  164. kate smith

    hi could you tell me I didn’t have any peroids at all and just had a bleed 5 days when could I start clomid cos I mighten have a period again

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  165. courtney

    I use fertility friend to chart my cycles. I normally ovulate between cd18-20. This month i has positive opks cd 14-15 (all opks since have been very negative) egg white, and watery/slippery cm a week prior to the positive opk Sticky/dry cm cd 16-17 and a brief moment (more like one glob) of egg white cd18 then back to sticky cd20. The problem I’m having is my bbt rose .6 degrees on cd20 which puts ovulation at cd 19, but that was 4 days after a positive opk and very lubricative cm. So do I go with cm as ovulation indicator this month or bbt?

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  166. Rebecca

    Hi,

    I’ve been off the pill for about 5 months, but actively trying for about 4. I have had regular periods but they have varied slightly in length (longest was 33 days).

    This month I have been testing regularly for ovulation using strips, but I haven’t had any positive readings this month. I’m now at day 19 and feeling crampy and have had skin breakouts and feel like I’m getting my period but it is way too early. I did an ovulation strip and there was a feint line. Is it possible I could be ovulating really late? I feel like I’m still trying to get a grap on what’s going on in my body since going off the pill.

    Please help…

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  167. Nicola

    Is it possible to never ovulate but have periods??? I’ve tried ovulation strips twice now over a Severn day cycle and the strips haven’t changed colour. My husband and I have been trying over two years now I will be 38 in July he is 50. I feel at a loss with my Doctors they’re very incompetent, I have to chase everything up and they fail to give me certain instruction which I end up having to find out myself making the process take longer. They have also recently informed me should I have to go down the IVF route I will have to pay for it as my husband has a son with his X wife, his son is 19 year old man that has his own house and in full time work I don’t understand why I’m getting scrutinized for marry someone who was separated two years from his x wife before I ever met my husband. All this is really stressing me out and I find it hard to focus on anything, when I think about my situation and the lack of support I get I just can’t stop crying. My husband doesn’t know what it’s like for me, everyone around me has baby’s or are having baby’s I feel like I’m being punished for not having them earlier. I had an eptopic pregnancie when I was 20 I know one to this day has ever explained to me what that entailed when I was put to sleep and the egg was removed, sorry for ranting I’m do depressed xx

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  168. Nicola

    P.S I have never been on the pill so thought I would get pregnant really quick… Two years on no baby, what tests could I have to see if I’m ovulating? From reading your notes I already no I’m not pregnant this month as my breasts on the outter part of them feel really bruised like I’ve done a few round in the ring with Mike Tyson punching them, I can barely touch them they’re so painful. On the first day of my period I have to stay in as I’m in too much pain and lose so much blood I’m constantly changing my tampax whilst taking pain killers. It’s only started like this over the past year, before I never had a clue when my periods were going to come I never kept track, but they never lasted long and I certainly never had any pain with them. I did when I first started aged 11, but buy the time I was 13 I was fine xxx

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  169. Disha Jasani Kamdar

    It’s been 24 days still my eggs haven’t rapture I haven’t started ovulating is it ok? Or is there some problem.!

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  170. julia

    I had my period on the 13th and they stoped on the 16th and they came back again after 6days.

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  171. Ada

    Hi,

    I am currently taking oestrogen pills and I just found out about the ovulation microscope and how it works by detecting increased estrogen levels. Now,that I am currently taking oestrogen drugs ,will the ovulation microscope pinpoint my fertile period accurately?

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  172. ginger

    Hi,I’m 30,, I had a brownish discharge instead of menstruation,it lasted for a day,now de is nothing bt I go to da loo too often,and iv got a terrible headache

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  173. C

    “This can last for several days until you begin to feel signs of optimal fertility – clear and stretchy cervical mucus – remember it feels wet and cold. Cervical mucus is essential for CONTRACEPTION. It is the sperm’s mode of transport up to the eagerly waiting egg. ”

    Contraception prevents pregnancy. This paragraph argues that cervical mucus enables pregnancy. This is a fairly large contradiction and could easily confuse readers who are actually depending on this article to make important decisions about their bodies and their sexual and reproductive health. One would expect that a fertility expert would be comfortable enough with the terminology to know the proper use of the word “contraception”.

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    • mnfadmin

      Oh I see what you’re saying! It really depends on how you see it – it can be seen as needing awareness around contraception if you are using this method to prevent pregnancy or equally awareness for conception. Cervical mucus awareness goes both ways :) But thank you for making me aware of this – I’ve changed it to conception in hope that it reads better but I’m glad you got my drift either way.

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  174. Kari

    I seem to ovulate on day 8 or 9, I was reading that it could be a problem, the reason why I think I ovulate early is because I had a lot of stretchy mucus on day Feb 8th, I had started my period on January 31st, it was a short period lasted 3 days, which is short for me, usually last 5 days, so I wasn’t sure if that was why I ovulated early…. I took an advanced clearblue ovuation test on day 10 showed flashing smiley face, and continued to show flashing smiley face until I ran out for 10 days… so I was a little confused about that… so I guess my luteal phase would be longer than it should be, I just don’t know if its something I should have checked out ? We have only been trying for two months now, so not that long

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  175. gypsy girl

    my question regards returning to ovulation while nursing. I was always very irregular but since having my daughter 5 years ago, things have seemed to become more regular but i had my period only once between my first daughter, second son and third daughter. my youngest is almost 15 months and still nursing but last month i noticed the cfm and was pretty certain i ovluated (had a little spotting which i thought might have been implantation bleeding but then got my period about a week later). This month however i have seen very little cfm and have felt mostly dry. is it possible to ovulate and then return to being anovulatory while breastfeeding. my daughter does still breastfeed fairly often (between 5 and 6 times). thanks for any info you can give.

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  176. Missy

    I need advice !/: I’m 24 yrs old, have a soon to be 7 year old in May . He was my first pregnancy . Next month (April) it’ll be year that me n my bf have been trying for Bby #2 but we ended up conceiving in aug and took a pregnancy test sept 11th, went to the dr 5 days later and was given the same due date as my son may 16th. Seems like I conceived both pregnancies in the same month around the same day. But few days later sept 19th I miscarried . And both pregnancy dates of first day of last menstrual cycle was August 9th which gave me due dates of May 16th. Is it a coincidence that it’s the same dates or am I just more fertile in august? And if it’s going to be a yr of trying to conceive and only managed to achieve one pregnancy that ended in miscarriage, do I go to the dr and get checked????? Me n my bf have sex at least 3 times a week . I don’t have any physical problems , neither does my bf. I’m healthy but I’m wondering if it my reproductive system or his? I’m just stuck thinking:/

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    • Missy

      Also, my period usually last 4/6 days. It’s usually kinda heavy first day but I basically only need one pad a day. I don’t bleed too much. And my cycle varies sometimes

      Sept 19 – oct 16. 2013 (miscarried sept 19th ) 27 days

      Oct 16- nov 16. 2013 31 days

      Nov 16- dec 15 2013. 29 days

      Dec 15-jan 20 2014. 36 days

      Jan 20 -feb 20 2014. 31 days

      And I’m currently on day 13 & according to opk I took yesterday I’m ovulating . I feel my ovulation pains , sometimes more than some months

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      • mnfadmin

        Wonderful Misty! You’d love my ecourse Debunking Ovulation. It would help you fully understand exactly what your body is telling you each month.

        x

  177. Christina

    If I have a 31 to 32 day cycle, and I’m regular, do I ovulate for sure on day 18? Is it possible for me to ovulate a few days after my period?

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    • mnfadmin

      I love that you are trying to get a grape on things! Unfortunately with such little information I can’t give you sound advice but we don’t always ovulate on the same day each month. You would greatly benefit from my Debunking Ovulation ecourse – http://www.debunkingovulation.com xo

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  178. pamella

    hi

    my problem is that i lost my pregnancy about 32 weeks of pregnancy ,It is 8 months now since I miscarriaged and still i am not pregnant, should I take some medications to boost my chance of conceiving , please help me

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    • mnfadmin

      Hi Pamella, I need so much more information about how I can assist you further. It might be best to make an appointment x

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  179. Sam

    hi my name is sam i am 25 and currently on the pill and wish ever so not to be but i of course do not wish to get pregnant as of right now however do wish to have children in the future that is why i want to get off the pill so as not to effect future firtility. do you have any advice regarding natural contriception, i love you blog and have been so greatfull for all your wisdom. i love the idea of knowing my cycle and being able to be awear of my body and when im ovulating and during those days using a barrier method. i have a very heavy painfull iregual period and have done so always. anything you could help me with would be life changing as the pill is the only medication i ever take as i feel medication (western) just masks problems and im far more intrested in healing my body and cearling for it properly so as you can imagion for me being on the pill is terrable and i disslike it emensly. anything you can help me with wpuld be spectacular. thank you thank you ever so and sorry for my bad spelling im dislexic and terrable at righting but would love any and all help

    Thanks a million again

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  180. urch

    I took Evening primrose oil ɑ̣̣̝̇̇n̶̲̥̅̊d̶̲̥̅̊ clomid @ the same time and I have 26 days cycle when am I likely to ovulate or will the two make me not to ovulate @ all

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  181. Kellianne Viveiros

    hi, i had thick stretchy cervical mucous on Thursday and had sex on Saturday with no protection couldI be starting the processof fertility

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  182. Kellianne Viveiros

    i had thick stretchy cervical mucous on Thursday and had sex on Saturday with no protection couldI be starting the processof fertility

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  183. maureen

    l got married 9months ago and we’ve been trying to conceive but all in vain.what might be the problem?

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  184. Lor

    Hi, I have a different one for you! So I was 13 weeks pregnant when miscarriage began 05.02.14 Had a natural miscarriage over 10-12 days only to find out there was still remains. So had a Suction curettage on 19.02.14 and then bled a further week (very lightly). Thought I was done cause it all dried up and then on 1st march started what seemed like a very light period( 3 days only)I’m thinking this was a light period due to the fact that the curettage probably cleaned most of it out. I do remember what I wondered was an ovulation pain – just a few days before the curettage.

    Anyways, with this said…. We thought we’d try again. So… Have been doing OPK’s and I get no positive really. It’s always a positive bit not darker than test line. All that aside. If I just went in CM I had all the right stuff going on. There was runny, then wet and there was stretchy wet. All this happened from the 09.03.14 till the 13.03.14. Now I have a little CM but it is thicker and not as wet. We did the deed every night this week … Due to ovulation a little earlier than day 14 do you think we did it enough? Also does it sound like my body has just stayed on track through all this turmoil? Lastly I get gestational collestasis every time. Do you know of a preventitive I can do to hope and pray against it. It is awful and such a risk of still birth … Very scary but worth it in te end God willing :)

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  185. Lauren

    Hi,

    I have just come back from the doctors this morning from discussing moving on from the pill. That was a very wasted morning as my G.P. was so unhelpful and clearly did not want to break down options. I struggle with my cycles as they are so irregular so reading this post has been amazing and has made me feel like their are other people out there which do have the issue’s I have.

    So thank you.

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  186. melissa

    I had miscarriage Dec 15 2013 trying to get pregnant again it seems hard what can I do

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  187. amanda gene

    Hi! I was wondering if you have intercourse two days before you ovulate and their is know mucus during ovulatin day,does that mean you could be pregnant

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  188. Margaret

    This morning i had a very long sretchy mucus while peeing … But nothing else for the rest of the day … Does that mean i am ovulating ???

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  189. Josie

    Hi, so my husband and I are trying to concieve baby number 2. I am still breastfeeding our 14 month old. My periods have returned this is my second cycle. I am on cycle day 18 and still havent ovulated. I am watching for cm it has been watery for about a week. All negative opks. I use to have 31 day cylces before my son. Like clockwork every month. But now they are irregular. Amd I cannot pin point ovulation. Any we a

    Have been having sex every other day starting cycle day 8. Any tips? I dont have any fertilecm down tthere either:/

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  190. DeAnna

    Hello,

    First off I’d like to say Thank you for your time! :) My Husband & I have 3 Children together, ages 8, 3, and 2. I will be 30 soon, and He is 42. We are trying for Our fourth now before We are “too old” lol! I don’t really want to try after I turn 30. I have been trying to conceive for what will now be the 4th Month. It seemed like I was Always Pregnant when I wasn’t trying lol, but since I’ve actually been keeping track of My Cycles it’s felt impossible! I’ve been tracking them since August, and they have been pretty regular up until the last 2 months. In Feb My period came 2 Days early, and then last month it was a Day late. This Next month if I’m not Pregnant ( :( ) it should be here on April 6th, but here’s the thing, I was given an estimated Ovulation Date of March 23rd, so right now I should be 5DPO, but TODAY is the First and ONLY Day during this cycle that I experienced Fertile Cervical Mucus, so We had sex today just in case. Should I expect that I will Ovulate late this Month, and to start My period later than the 6th of April if I’m not Pregnant? I’ve been having sex since Two Days before My Fertile Days began, so from approx. March 17th-March 23rd (Predicted Ovulation Date), then again on March 25th, and Again today when I noticed the Fertile Mucus (March 28th), do you think I built up enough of an Army incase I do Ovulate late this Month, should I still be Good (lol)??? I Really look forward to Hearing from you!

    Thanks Again! :)

    -DeAnna

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  191. TTC756

    Thank you. This has been very informative. I used to suffer from irregular periods until my doctor pit me on yaz. Now my periods are normal and I have recently taken clomid as per my doctors instruction. According to my cycle chart I am fertile(wet) until Monday then ovulation will take Place on Wednesday. As these r my most fertile days, I have a brownish wet discharge but it doesn’t smell. Is this normal & would it affect my chances of conceiving? I have even been tempted to douche with warm water only. Is that wise?

    Thank you.

    TTC756

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  192. cicely mathis

    I have not had a period in about mine months.

    I went to my gynecologist last May and he put

    me on a pull for five days or seven days and

    it started my period back for eleven days and I

    haven’t seen anything since. This weekend I had

    to do a presentation Sunday and my nerves we

    all over the place. Saturday I saw blood and a

    little on Sunday, now it is gone again. Is this

    something to be concerned with?

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  193. Mariam

    Can’t tell if I ovulate or not but my period started first of April pls wen an I likely to ovulate I want to take in dis mnth

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  194. Miss R

    hi, and thankyou for the useful information was very helpful.. Im 24 and my cycles have been out of whack with my last two, the first one coming after 7 weeks then just recently 6 weeks.. And now just 6 days after my recent period I spotted red when i wiped but only as i wiped 1-3 times until it became clear at the toilet visit then no more after that at all. Then the next day after i was exercising my bf noticed that it looked like i had wet my pants so i went to check and i just had a watery odorless discharge not stringy just water like.. I do stress a fair bit which i think causes hormonal imbalance but i have been check for pcos in the past and came back negative. So wondering if there was a possibility that was a sign for ovulation or something else worth getting checked out. Also me and my bf have been trying for roughly 8 months now. Im not looking for a definite diagnosis, just a view thanks.

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    • Miss R

      Also despite my menses coming late, they always seem to last for a normal 5 days, weird much..

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    • Miss R

      Also when my menses came on these two occasions they lasted a normal 5 days.. And me and my bf have sex regularly, im on no contraceptive pill and we have unprotected with no pull out method.. And ive never been pregnant before, so yea dont know what to expect.

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  195. Fab

    Hi Nat

    Thanks for the great post, but I have a question My last period was 5 March 2014 and lasted between 4 to 5 days I am usually on time with my periods, my next period was supposed to start 2 April 2014 it is now 2 days late or 3 day late by the time you get to read this message,, and for the last two day I have been getting a clear mucus discharge not all day just mainly in the evening, could I be ovulation, the only other symptoms I have noticed throughout the last couple of weeks is hot flashes. Your input is much appreciated

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  196. Catherine

    I am curious. .. cyles are 28 days, but i i had eggwhite on day 8, 9,10 had intercourse on day 11 and 12… very wet dsy 13… do i need to worry as it was not a 14 day average… i am 35… ttc my third child…

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  197. melkella gainer

    Hi I had my period April 1-4 2014 egg white came around 7, 8 could something be wrong. I was on the depo for 8 yrs but been off for 6 mths if that help any.

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  198. Tara

    Hi! Great website thank you!

    I ovulated yesterday as I had a scan which showed follicle rupture etc. but today I’ve got stretchy clear mucus again, what can this indicate?

    Many thanks!

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  199. Precious Nkechi Onu

    Saw my period last on 4 th april it stops on 7th,whn is my ovulation period

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  200. Kerri Jacobs

    We have 3 and have waited a while for no 4. Getting older now (37) I almost only wanna try this month and thats it. But we would really like a girl and have read all the mucous theory. I have not been tracking my cycle and have no idea am just regular. Im on day 13 now and we have had sex every 2nd day. Today i noticed the egg like mucous. We will try today then I would like to stop to possibly better chances of a girl … but scared as don’t know my cycle that if we don’t continue every second day till after ovulation might miss out completely and not fall pregnant at all??? Any advice??

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  201. Lina

    Hi Nat, thanks for the fantastic article!

    I’m 32 and ttc. My ovulation varies from 1-3 days each month but lp is always 14-15 days. My cycle comes around the 30-33 day but sometimes (rare) 29 or 34 day. Is this considered regular or do I need assistance?

    My period is heavy on day 1, medium-light day2-3 then light/spotting day4-6. Sometimes day 7 I just get a beige dot. Is this again not normal? Based on your article it sounds like I need help?

    I also get night sweats 1-2 days before my period comes since I was 30. I don’t get too much cm. would really like to see what you think and if it sounds like I may need some help. Thanks :)

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  202. nicole

    Hi,

    I was wondering if you could help. I thought I was ovulating early this month because i started to see EWCM on cycle day 8 but its now cycle day 15 and I still have it although now its more of a wet type that’s thinner than before. so the last couple of days has felt more like the wet and cold type of feeling. I haven’t really seen any EWCM for almost two years i think the last time i saw it was the month i conceived my first child. I was wondering if i am even ovulating in the first place? I’ve also been diagnosed with PCOS the week before i found out i was pregnant the first time so didn’t expect to ovulate anyway but I’d really like the chance to have another child I’ve had regular periods from December to march and then this last one came two days early on the 10th of April which was completely different to normal it was more heavy and I even had a bit of brown blood and a bit of what looked more orangy than red at times so I really don’t know whats going on it lasted five days but it was on and off from day 3.

    Anything you can tell me will be a huge help.

    Thanks.

    Regards Nicole.

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  203. Nouny

    Hello there, thank u so much. This has been really informative.

    One question though,

    I normally have a 35 day cycle with ovulation on day 21 or 20. And a period of 7 days plus 1 day dark brown spotting. Last cycle was my first month ttc. My period came on day 30 which is early for me. It started with slimy brown discharge and 2 hours later period started. Was shorter and lighter than normal and ended on day 5 then later on day 8 some more brown spotting with creamy discharge.

    Hpts and blood test all negative.. So started charting bbt this month and my temp is 35.7 today on day 21 and for the first time ever no ewcm just a slight wet feeling. so i have no idea why i havent ovulated yet!! If im going to!

    Please help im still ttc and am trying to cover all my basis but i dont know whats going on with my body.. I have always been able to tell when i ovulated but ever since ttc, my cycle is screwed :(

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  204. Lesley

    Hi after 2failed fet cycles and a fresh icsi cycle my periods have started to get much longer 1 day of heavy bleeding and then 10 days of light and spotting that changed from red to brown and back to pink. I want to try naturally for a while and think my hormone levels may be wrong.

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  205. Bea

    Why i m having a sharp pain on my left side and my mucus are dry ,is it possible that am i ovulating my priods starts on 13/05/04

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  206. Tanya

    I started my MP on the 17th of april and l last 4days(17-20).l had sex on the 25th,26,27,28.l just wanted to know if l might be pregnant.please assit.

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  207. Jenny

    Thank You for the Post.

    My period ended on the 22nd of April 2014 and I had safe sex with my bf on the 26th of April 2014, so on the 1st of may I had this whitish substance coming out of me and it lasted for about 3 days. What could this mean.

    Thank you

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  208. Destiny

    Been ttc for two months now after 3 miscarriages last year. Took contraceptives for two months before ttc now nothing is happening. Have sex daily but not sure if I ovulate. My period is taking 5 days now started light then heavy, no pain. How can I tell that I ovulated or ovulate?

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  209. Darian

    I was just wondering bc I can’t figure any of this out.. I ovulated last month and I had sex 2 of the days when I thought I was ovulating. My period this month was 6 days late and I am having light bleeding compared to normal. I had taken 3 test all negative which I knew tehy would be, I just wanted too. But anyways my question is if I wouldve got pregnant between the 22nd and 27th of April would it be effecting my period in may? I am just so confused. I feel like I’m pregnant it’s like I know but I feel like all odds are agenst me here.

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  210. Rebecca

    Im really confused on trying to figure out when I ovulate. I NEVER have the egg white mucus so in between cycles we use preseed. I have one daughter from a different relationship so I know that I can get pregnant, I just cant figure out this ovulation. My cycles Vary from 25 days to 29 days every month. Around when would it make the most sense for me to ovulate? I will be buying a ovulation kit next cycle but just wanted expert opinion.

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  211. misty

    Hi, please help. I took clomid day 5-9 (cd 10) and are seposed to start ovulating on cd 19 i took a ovulation test on cd 13 and 14 and they where almost a positive the line was almost as dark as the test line and i took another test this morning that was neg i dont understand am i close to ovulation? i am wet but is is thin mucus it is smooth and it feels like i am constintly wet. Am i close to ovulation? i veel slight cramps in my overies and slight disconferd underneath my belly. What does it mean? My cicle is different every month from march to april it was 28 days and from april to may it was 36 days. Please help i am getting desperate.

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  212. Terri

    Hello I’ve started doing ovulation tests ;)

    I have pcos but have normal periods thank god!!

    I started ov tests day I stopped which was day 6 of cycle

    On day 9-11 I had positives so thought I ovulated!

    I randomly done another one today (10 days later)

    Day 19 of cycle and got another positive :/

    So I am completely confused

    Thanks

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  213. shakira

    I took two contraceptive pills on the 12th day to stop my period because it lasts for abt 21 days. Will I get pregnant if I have sex on the 12th day?

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  214. Me

    I just want to ask if im pregnant..coz its been 15 days that that supposed to be my period…on may 2 i got my period..on may 16.17.we sex w/ my bf..dn it happen again on june 15
    ..is it possible that im pregnant?

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  215. Mrs.b

    hi Nat, I don’t know what to do, my period started on may 10 just for 3 to 5 days and another one on June 16 3 to 4 days, and people around me keep on telling me that am pregnant and I went for a text that came up negative, please what do I do, and please when is it necessary to have sex and conceive, please I need answers and help, be bless.

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  216. snl

    I am confused. I used to have ovulation pains every month. I would also have lots of EWCM. I had one child preterm in 2010. I had a miscarriage October of 2012. I had about 35 days until my cycle started after the miscarriage. I went about 6 months with a normal 28 day cycle (ovulation pain and EWCM present). Then I went to 34 days and dropped back to a 25 days cycle. This happened for about 3 months. I am back to a 29 day cycle again. But I no longer get ovulation pains or lots EWCM. I get maybe one day of stretchy about 2 days after my period and again maybe 5 days before my period. I noticed this month my cervix was low and very soft around cd18. Then lots of cm a few days later until my period. My periods last about 7 days heavy for the first day or two then lighter. Spotting about day 5-7. Some months I notice horrible bloating, dizziness, dry mouth, and tender nipples. Other months nothing. Could this be a hormonal imbalance or just changes in my cycle. I just turned 30 this year.

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  217. Christina

    Hi!
    My fertility days were July 9-14, 2014. My ovulation day was July 12,2014. I had unported sex on those day. My period isn’t suppose to start until July 26th,2014 however today July 16, 2014 I have started spotting and cramping. Is it my period and does it mean I am not pregnant? Is it to early too take a pregnancy test?

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  218. Jo Swan

    Hi Nat! Firstly, thank you. Before I read your ‘Fertilise Yourself’ and watched your ‘Debunking Ovulation’ I wondered if there was anything more that could help me or anything more that I could do naturally. Im 34, and my husband (42) and I have been trying actively to conceive every month for 2.5 years. I have endometriosis (chocolate cyst on left ovary) for which I have had 2 laparoscopies. From what the doctors could see there was no blockage in my tubes and a small spot which they lasered in the last op (Oct 13) as well as draining the cyst. We have done all the blood/sperm tests which have come back healthy. We are healthy/active and live as naturally as possible. I have done a stint of acupuncture in the past but about to start weekly sessions again (I have sluggish liver chi). My naturopath has recently put me on Blackmores Celloids PPMP and SPPC and liquid Vitex (agnuscatus) daily along with a slew of other vitamins :-) I am about to start charting with my next cycle and I suspect I may be ‘damp’ as you have mentioned in the above post as I often have discharge throughout the month. My questions are: Can you comment more on endometriosis and fertility – is there more I should be doing? What should I do about dampness? Is there a branch of your clinic in Sydney? Thank you Nat :)

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  219. Lisa

    Hi , this is new to me . I’ve been off the pill for a year now and I know this sounds bad but I’ve not been on any contrception. . I do not want anything unnatural so this sounds perfect . The thing this how would this work if you have a husband away a lot ( just my luck the timing would be all out ). One other thing do help with learning this and working it all out ? I’m scared of getting it wrong but I really need to be doing this asap.
    Thanks

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