Is it true that cycles of longer than 40 days

(32 Posts)
nappyaddict Thu 03-Oct-13 17:30:20

Mean that you have not ovulated? On another forum someone's fertility consultant told them that only in rare cases do women with cycles of this length ovulate.

breakingbadaddict Thu 03-Oct-13 17:52:35

I hope not! Lol! I thought it just meant you ovulate late? Hopefully someone wiser will come along with an answer soon.
I'm irregular so have been clutching at straws trying to read my CM, temp. I got EWCM on CD28 last month so was hoping that was my indicator. I don't know if you still get EWCM if you don't ovulate. Now at CD40 and no sign of AF, my last cycle was 53 days though so I'm not holding my breath!

Nesswalk Thu 03-Oct-13 17:57:01

Since having the implanon removed last November my cycles have been varied between 28 and 55 days. Due to similar fears you mentioned I started to chart my BBT which always showed a marked increase even on longer cycles. I am now 9 weeks pregnant and I ovulated on day 30 of last cycle. Hope this gives you some comfort

allchatnicknamesgone Thu 03-Oct-13 18:46:05

No. I had a child 5 yrs ago and my cycles were completed irregular and at times riduculously long. They only actually settled down and could be guaranteed to happen once a month after I'd given birth. It's not true. Don't worry. Think of all the people who don't know there are pregnant until loads of weeks have gone by because they didn't think they 'missed' a period.
I think age comes into it to.. I read that as we get older out cycles get shorter and its natures way of giving you as many possible chances before the eggs run out (sorry no-one likes that thought).

nappyaddict Thu 03-Oct-13 22:01:49

Now I am confused as to why a consultant would say this if it's not the case!

allchatnicknamesgone Thu 03-Oct-13 22:28:53

Someone misunderstanding or misinterpreting what a consultant has said possibly. I think it is true that those woman with longer, irregular cycles may have more difficulty conceiving because O time is never consistent, but I've never heard that long cycles mean you don't ovulate at all. I know we should stay away from Dr Google, but I reckon for this question, it may be helpful?

nappyaddict Thu 03-Oct-13 22:48:18

Nesswalk Did you ovulate every cycle from November until the month you got pregnant?

lighthousesea Thu 03-Oct-13 23:00:14

I fell pregnant straight away and my cycle is over 50 days.

RaRaZ Fri 04-Oct-13 06:56:58

I think it's if, for example, you usually have a cycle of 28 days and then you have a random one of 50, it may be due to repeated failed attempts at ovulation. But quite clearly, given the posters above who have got pg, I wouldn't worry too much if this is normal for you! Maybe start temping if you want reassurance? Or ask GP for 'Day 21' (obviously not on day 21 in your case!) if you know when you ovulate?

Norudeshitrequired Fri 04-Oct-13 06:59:03

I used to have 39 day cycles and conceived both times within 3 months of trying. Now I have 28 day cycles and have been trying for 3 years unsuccessfully.

RaRaZ Fri 04-Oct-13 07:10:47

Sorry to hear that Norude (fab name btw!), but I guess it really goes to show for the OP. If you don't mind me asking, when/why did your cycles shorten, do you know?

nappyaddict Fri 04-Oct-13 22:54:32

allchatnicknamesgone Before you had your first child how long were your cycles?

Norudeshitrequired Sat 05-Oct-13 07:25:53

Sorry to hear that Norude (fab name btw!), but I guess it really goes to show for the OP. If you don't mind me asking, when/why did your cycles shorten, do you know?

Thee years on the depo injection totally messed up my cycle. It was very erratic for a while (about a year) and was a 14 day cycle, it's settled down now into a regular as clockwork 28 day cycle but still doesn't seem quite normal for me.
They do say that cycles of less than 26 days or more than 38 days might mean the person isn't ovulating, but I think everybody has a different 'normal' for their cycle.

Nesswalk Sat 05-Oct-13 17:52:53

Nappyaddict, I was 6 weeks after implanon removal before first bleed, started checking BBT in May. So can only def say I ovulated every cycle from May onwards, however it was in these months I had most of longer cycles. To be honest we were very lucky to get our BFP on our second month of seriously trying. I am one of those people who worries over everything so hence why I started to check temps just to ensure ovulation, it certainly put my mind at ease for when we were ready to start trying.

volvocowgirl Sat 05-Oct-13 17:55:46

I normally have 42 day cycles and I'm currently 5mths up the duff! The docs calculated my conception date from 2 weeks before before my period was due rather than 2 weeks from the start of my previous period though due to my cycle, if that makes sense!

allchatnicknamesgone Sun 06-Oct-13 09:19:06

Nappyaddict. It was 6 years ago and when I fell preg, I wasn't really keeping track. In fact, I couldn't even tell doc when I had last period. Omg, how things have changed now!!!
Anyway, in answer to your question I'm confident it was never less than 30 days and used to go up to late 50 days. Never went into 60.
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nancerama Sun 06-Oct-13 09:26:53

I've always had an 8-10 week cycle and an mum to a 2 year old. It amazes me how many people working in women's health assume everyone has a 28 day cycle.

I was reprimanded for going too early for my 12 week scan, even though they insisted in counting from the first day of my LMP, and I had a royal battle not to be induced at the end, even though they admitted when DS was born at 43 weeks he probably wasn't overdue at all.

justhayley Mon 07-Oct-13 01:09:15

Nope!! I have super irregular cycles and are almost always longer than 40 days. I ovulate quite late - in September I got pregnant on CD25 - I MC but still got pregnant all the samesmile

Twiddlebum Mon 07-Oct-13 02:51:37

My cycles are really irregular but generally long. When TTC I bought some LH strips from eBay (they test for the peak in LH which happens the day before ovulation) and fell pregnant the first month if using them x

breakingbadaddict Mon 07-Oct-13 16:38:29

Just wondered if anyone else with cycles 40+ start to feel dizzy late into the cycle? I remember feeling this way last month and needing to go to bed early, convinced myself i was preggo then when the witch turned up, went all chicken little and hid away...

nancerama Mon 07-Oct-13 16:58:17

Hmm, I do get dizzy from time to time and suffer from rushing noises in my ears. It's never occurred to me that there's a pattern, but you might have hit on something. I just assumed it was down to low blood pressure.

Phantomteadrinker Mon 07-Oct-13 17:11:07

Nope, I'm another one with regular 42 day cycles, 2 babies (1 mc) and pregnant first month of trying everytime. Doctors always date wrong (can only work to 28 day cycles despite me knowing when I conceived!) but no absolute nonsense.

CambridgeLadybird Mon 07-Oct-13 18:39:45

Hiya, I came off the pill in April 2012 to let my body get back to normal before trying to conceive. It took a while for my body to get back to normal but my periods started being regular around December. I had a regular 32 day cycle until August which was 39 days and now I haven't started my period and it is day 40. I did a pregnancy test and it was negative. Can anyone help shed any light on this. I would go to the doctor but I work long hours and my GP surgery isn't very accommodating. To be honest I would feel like I was wasting their time anyway as I only really want advice. I would really appreciate anyone that can shed any light on it, I'm puzzled!

nappyaddict Tue 08-Oct-13 01:02:40

I would test again in a week. You may just not have enough hormone to make it show up positive? If after that it's still negative go to GP. Apparently cycles that don't fit in with the normal 21-35 day range should be investigated. If you're not pregnant then you will have had 2 irregular cycles in a row so worth going to GP to try and get to the bottom of it.

CambridgeLadybird Tue 08-Oct-13 21:48:54

Thanks nappyaddict, I appreciate the support. I'll test again in a week confused

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