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Doctor insights on: Long Menstrual Cycles And Ovulation

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Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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I want to have a baby sooo bad, but due to my past irregular menstrual cycles idk exactly when I ovulate. What should I do?

I want to have a baby sooo bad, but due to my past irregular menstrual cycles idk exactly when I ovulate. What should I do?

14 days before: Ovulation occurs consistently about 14 days before your next cycle. If you know how many days there are from the first day of the bleeding to the next during your normal cycle just subtract 14 days. This allows you to predict when you should be ovulating. Why the urgency to get pregnant at age 19? Consider focusing on your career and education at this special time in your life ...Read more

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Why am i not ovulating? I had a miscarriage in october followed witn a d&c . I've had 3 menstrual cycles since then but have not been ovulating. Why?

Why am i not ovulating?
I had a miscarriage in october followed witn a d&c . I've had 3 menstrual cycles since then but have not been ovulating. Why?

See below: If you are having regular menstrual cycles you probably are ovulating. You can use basal body temperature or ovulation predictor kits to determine when. Just because you don't get pregnant doesn't mean you didn't ovulate that month. Each cycle even when conditions are ideal chances of pregnancy are only about 20%. ...Read more

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Does ovulating late mean it'll be a longer menstrual cycle?

Does ovulating late mean it'll be a longer menstrual cycle?

See answer: The onset of one's menstrual cycle fairly reliably occurs in most women 12-16 days after ovulation. So, delayed ovulation often associated with a longer menstrual cycle that month. Absence of ovulation may well lead to a missed or irregular period. ...Read more

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My menstrual cycle is 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 & 30 days long but I don't miss a month. It is hard to know when I am ovulating. Is my cycle normal?

My menstrual cycle is 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 & 30 days long but I don't miss a month. It is hard to know when I am ovulating. Is my cycle normal?

Probably normal : one regularity of menstrual cycle is its irregularity. THIS is probably normal. However Potential causes could be low thyroid and female hormonal imbalance. These can be checked easily by your PCP OR GYNECOLOGIST ...Read more

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67 days since last menstrual cycle; the cycle before was 42 days. Am I not ovulating? What could cause the irregular/long cycles? Recommended tests?

67 days since last menstrual cycle; the cycle before was 42 days. Am I not ovulating? What could cause the irregular/long cycles? Recommended tests?

All about the egg: Ovulation drives your period. If you don't ovulate, or you ovulate later than usual, your period will come later. This can be the way you are, or it can be affected by age, activity, weight, meds, or hormone issues. Get your thyroid checked, prolactin level, and FSH. If you have acne or facial hair, might want to check two male hormones, testosterone and DHEA - S. Good luck! ...Read more

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I finished my menstrual period 6 days ago and how long does it take till my next ovulation? My husband and I are trying to have a baby

I finished my menstrual period 6 days ago and how long does it take till my next ovulation? My husband and I are trying to have a baby

7 to 10 days: Ovulation should occur 7-10 days after menses. Ovulation kits are available to tell when ovulation occurs. Take your temperature orally every morning before getting out of bed. Your temp will go up one degree on the day you ovulate. Good luck! ...Read more

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I read that since my menstrual cycles are 40-42 days long, this could indicate anovulatory cycles. Is this true?

I read that since my menstrual cycles are 40-42 days long, this could indicate anovulatory cycles. Is this true?

Possibly true: If your cycles are irregular then you may not be ovulating consistently. If you are always 40-42 days then you may be ovulating and just have an very long menstrual cycle ...Read more

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My past 2 menstrual cycles have been 3 weeks long each and very heavy. I am 31 years old and not on bc. Should i be concerned?

Anemia: Consider the pill to help the bleeding, you may be getting anemic. At least get on some iron but go in and see doc. When the anemia hits u it may be all of a sudden, then dizzy, then out; not fun. ...Read more

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Does the length of menstrual cycles change throughout the year? Mine had been 28 days for as long as i remember. The last 2 cycles have been 30 days.

Change can happen: A normal cycle length can be anywhere between 21 and 35 days. A change from 28 to 30 days is well within the range of normal variation. ...Read more

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I had a biopsy last yr was suppose to go back for smear 6mths later in january i never now im having 2 menstrual cycles a month and they are longer he?

Go back for smear: Sounds like you did not follow-up as recommended and that now you are having new, and unusual symptoms. Best bet is to go back, get the smear, and talk with the doc about unusual symptoms you are having. ...Read more

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For the last five months my menstrual cycles have been getting longer from 28 days to 29, then 30, 33, and this cycle it was cd 41. What's happening?

For the last five months my menstrual cycles have been getting longer from 28 days to 29, then 30, 33, and this cycle it was cd 41. What's happening?

Later ovulation: It appears that you're ovulating later and later each month and at some point in time you will not ovulate at all. See your doctor for hormonal evaluation to determine whether your ovulation is affected by changes in your hormones. ...Read more

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How long could chemo affect menstrual cycles in teens?

It can be longtime: Chemotherapy can stop the ovary from making eggs leading to irregular or no menses. This usually lasts for about one year or less.. But some kids take 2-3 years before the periods return. So i would be patient and ask advice from your oncologist who gave you chemotherapy in the first place. ...Read more

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Does Zoloft and Abilify (aripiprazole) effect menstrual cycles? Could they make the cycle last longer? Kinda getting worried. Will it never stop?

Does Zoloft and Abilify (aripiprazole) effect menstrual cycles? Could they make the cycle last longer? Kinda getting worried. Will it never stop?

Yes they can: Yes, they can prolong a cycle and yes, your period will stop. However, i would definitely see your doctor for an eval since you also have back pain and a low grade fever. I would not assume that it is from the medications until other causes have been ruled out. ...Read more

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I experience consistent irregularly long menstrual cycles with heavy menses, but no cysts. Does this sound like a hormonal imbalance?

I experience consistent irregularly long menstrual cycles with heavy menses, but no cysts. Does this sound like a hormonal imbalance?

Get evaluated : Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Ovulation (Definition)

Ovulation is the act of the ovary releasing the egg after it has been hormonally prepared, to be ...Read more