How to Track Ovulation With Irregular Periods
Many women who wish to get pregnant worry about how they can track ovulation with irregular periods. While it is very distressing, especially when you’re trying to get pregnant, there are many available solutions to help you track ovulation.
You might find it challenging to track irregular periods and knowing when it is best for you to baby dance. However, thanks to modern medicine, it has now become relatively easy to pinpoint ovulation.
Track Your Ovulation Using Natural Methods
Several tools are available to help you track ovulation. However, you should not neglect traditional methods because you have irregular cycles.
No, it isn’t a bad idea to track your cycles on a calendar even if you have irregular cycles. On the contrary, this may help you observe some clues that give you a pattern. Besides, if you ever have to consult your fertility specialist for fertility problems, they might find the data helpful.
Basal Body Temperature
Changes in your basal body temperature can help you understand that you have ovulatory cycles. You should see a spike in your basal temperature as ovulation occurs. Read more about BBT thermometers here, including the differences between digital and glass thermometers as well as their pros and cons.
Cervical Mucus Consistency
Your cervical mucus will be dry a few days after your period. Its consistency changes as you approach ovulation, becoming more abundant, slippery, and stretchy.
The position and texture of your cervix changes during your cycles. You can check your cervical position in conjunction with any of the methods above to help your know how far you are into your cycle and when you ovulate. It takes some practice to check your cervical position, and it is best to do this after a bath when your hands are clean.
As you approach ovulation, your cervix becomes softer and rises to the top of your vagina. It drops lower after ovulation has occurred.
You can read more about each of the above ovulation tracking methods in this post.
Tools to Help You Track Ovulation
Some women with irregular cycles find it challenging to manually track ovulation. The tools below can help you confidently track and pinpoint ovulation.
Ovulation Predictor Kits
While ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) can help tell you when you’re approaching ovulation, you’ll probably need to test more often if you have irregular and unusually long periods.
While fertility monitors can help women accurately pinpoint ovulation, most are unable to account for an irregular cycle. A fertility monitor such as OvaCue can, however, help women with irregular cycles to predict ovulation.
Read more about OPKs and fertility monitors and how these tools differ from each other here.