If your periods are irregular then it is more than likely that you are not ovulating regularly. Hormonal imbalances (in this particular regard PCO is a common culprit) and thyroid imbalance are a common cause of such problems.
You need to establish exactly why your periods are irregular - I would suggest a visit to the GP to have a blood test done. They should check both your LH and FSH levels; if these are out of balance (they should be the same) then this is an indicator as to why your periods are irregular.
Attila thanks for the advice, I know why my periods are irregular its because I have endometriosis although I managed to concieve my ds within 3 weeks of being with my DP we are not having the same luck now.
My periods have become more regular since having my lo ranging from 36 - 51 days so not as bad as before when i went months without one but thought the ovulation stciks would help as im not sure when I ovulate.
Hi littlemischief. Also really helpful to read others' views on the pee sticks. I thought it might be useful to share our experience, as I thought the sticks were useful - though now not sure if it was just a coincidence!
We were ttc for a year. I had a very irregular cycle after coming off the pill - 45 day cycle with occasional extra "mini" period in the middle of the cycle so I never really knew what was a real period and what wasn't. Asked the GP loads of questions but they were hopeless and suggested I look on the internet!! Eventually managed to get a blood test which confirmed I was ovulating.
Started using the sticks and had the following experience: 1. due to unpredictable cycle it was hard to guess when to start using them. Some months I missed it. If money is no object, I suggest using over a longer number of days. 2. difficult to interpret results - is that a dark line or not? 3. if we suspected a positive, we just went at it like rabbits for 2-3 days. We decided to ignore the advice about waiting 48 hours as we decided that was just rubbish. We decided our issue was not how fast/strong DH's sperm was, but the rarity of finding my ovulating time, so that was the thing we had to focus on, IYSWIM!
None of this terribly scientific, but somehow it worked! Baby due in 10 days! We can't believe we have made it. Good luck and keep at it - it is SOOO worth it!
Ponymum - thankyou for sharing you story with me its amazing - Good luck with everything and your new baby! how exciting for you!!
I have heard a few people really dis the sticks but i got 25 really cheaply off ebay and like you said am gonna star using them from cd10 right the way through as im not sure on cycle dates hopefully will catch the right time. I too was not sure when i heard the whole 24-36 hrs till you ovulate so gonna do as you suggested and have fun too
Hi! to clarify: I mean we didn't wait 48 hours between each time we had sex. As soon as we saw the possible dark line we started straight away and did it as often as we possibly could for about 3 days!
We had previously been told that you should only try a maximum of twice during the ovulation window, and that you had to wait 48 hours in between to allow the sperm to "replenish" or something... . That's the bit we ignored.
I have pco but regular periods (every month usually 30 day cycle but occasionally a day or two more or a day or two less). Attilathemeerkat, just wondered whether you know if opk sticks will work for me?