Becoming pregnant despite irregular periods – How can I get pregnant? Here you will find tried and tested tips for getting pregnant despite an irregular period.
How do you calculate the length of a period?
It’s very easy. You simply count the days from your first day of menstruation to the day before your next period starts. This means that the last day of your period is the day BEFORE your menstruation. If you have counted all the days, you will get the period length or period duration.
What exactly does irregular mean in periods?
This cannot be answered as precisely as I would like to answer it. Because it’s more like this: Irregularity of the natural period is actually “normal”. If you look at the statistic of period lengths, you quickly realize that the period is subject to natural fluctuations. The most common period lengths range from 23 to 35 days. Strictly speaking, ALL women have an irregular period – that’s normal.
After all, there is no woman who always has exactly one natural 28-day period from her first bleeding (menarche), for example. At this point, however, one should not confuse the natural period with the “pill cycle”, which is logically influenced by hormone administration from the outside and therefore always lasts 28 days. Every now and then I meet women who tell me that they have a natural period according to which they can set the clock.
However, it usually turns out after a very short time in conversation that they have only had this very regular period for a few years and even with major upheavals in their lives they already have a longer period from time to time. And what I find most amazing is that all these women hardly ever document their period. They usually don’t even keep a menstrual calendar. Then I ask myself every time – how do they know that their period comes sooo regularly every 27 or 28 days? I often experience the following in my consulting job as a fertility coach: The woman says at the beginning that she ALWAYS gets her period every four weeks. After she has recorded all her fertility signs and period peculiarities in the period sheet for three cycles, she notices: “Oh, that’s funny, my first recorded cycle was only 25 days long, my second was 29 days long and my third 24 days long. I could have sworn that all my periods were always 26 days long”. So natural fluctuations are completely normal.
Therefor, I would describe a really irregular period like this: The period comes every three, four or five weeks – and maybe it takes a few months until the period comes back. If your period lengths vary between 23 and 35 days, this counts as a normal and regular natural period.
Irregular period & the desire to have children – is that a problem?
This is not a problem in most cases. However, there may be a problem because the woman may feel insecure and don’t know exactly when she is ovulating. Finding out the highly fertile days of a very irregular period is not so easy and requires a little period knowledge. If a woman with very irregular periods observes herself closely and documents and evaluates this, she can also find out very well when she is most likely to become pregnant in the current period.
Do you need to have a 28-day period to become pregnant?
The 28-day period is a myth that is relevant in very few cases. Cycle length studies show that 28-day cycles occurred in only eleven percent of cases. However, significantly more women become pregnant, so you can tell from this that no special cycle length is needed. Normally the cycle is in the range of 23 to 35 days and in this range most women quickly become pregnant naturally. Often a woman can become pregnant naturally if her cycles are longer than 35 days or shorter than 23 days. This is because ovulation usually takes place even in cycles with a longer or shorter egg maturation phase and you can therefore become pregnant. However, it must be said that in a cycle with an irregular period (shorter than 23 days or longer than 35 days) a frequent occurrence of a shortened corpus luteum phase (corpus luteum weakness) or monophasic cycles (cycles without ovulation) can be statistically determined. As soon as ovulation occurs in the period, the egg can be fertilised.
If, however, a weakness of the yellow body is added, the fertilised egg cell may not be able to implant itself in the lining of the uterus because this has not been sufficiently built up by the shortened phase of the yellow body.
If a weakness of the corpus luteum is suspected, I strongly recommend that this be clarified more precisely. It is best to have your own period observation in combination with a blood test in a gynaecological practice. Unfortunately, the blood tests alone often lead to false diagnoses, which is why I would always document the cycle in parallel with the temperature curve and cervical mucus course. PLEASE ONLY use medication or natural support of the corpus luteum phase if a corpus luteum weakness has been clearly diagnosed! Otherwise it can lead to the natural cycle becoming out of balance and in the worst case no ovulation will occur and the pregnancy will be prolonged. The best way is to see if you have any kind of weakness.
You can determine this very easily and well with period diagnostics thanks to symptothermal method (NFP – Natural Family Planning). You can also hire a fertility consultant to help you with your period diagnosis. If it is then determined that there is a weakness of the yellow body – you can then have this treated by a naturopath or a doctor in conventional medicine accompanied by a naturopath. In this way, longer or shorter periods are usually unproblematic if the woman knows her way around and uses NFP for period diagnosis. I recommend women whose period is shorter than 23 days or longer than 35 days to always go to a doctor’s office and in any case also use body monitoring with NFP. After all, such extended or shortened period lengths can also be an indication of deeper causes that can influence fertility. For example, an irregular period with significantly longer periods (longer than 35 days) can be observed much more frequently with PCOS or endometriosis, so that women should clarify this, I think.
How do I calculate my ovulation in an irregular period?
In short, you can’t generally calculate your ovulation in advance, but only observe it in the current period and determine it more accurately using clear rules for period evaluation. In concrete terms, this means that you observe the course of your basal body temperature (morning waking temperature) and the course of your cervical mucus or cervix. Based on your observations and recordings, you can evaluate your temperature curve and recognize your cervical mucus reversal. So you know relatively exactly when your ovulation took place and whether you had sex at the optimal time to hopefully become pregnant.
When do I take a pregnancy test if my period is irregular?
If you do NOT observe your period, as I explained briefly in the previous section, you can only guess when the best time to do a pregnancy test is when you have a highly fluctuating irregular period. The best time to do a pregnancy test is about a week after ovulation and the possible union of the egg with sperm. Only then can at the earliest a pregnancy test indicate that you are pregnant. In this case I would recommend a sensitive early pregnancy test.
Common reasons for irregular periods
One of the most common reasons for an irregular period are certain phases of life that women go through or that can simply happen. These are: After stopping taking the pill, during puberty, lactation, menopause. But also special situations, special illnesses or extreme situations such as a change of location, holidays, stress, tests, moving house, illness, quarrel, diets, fasting, PCO syndrome, thyroid diseases, hormonal disorders, competitive sports or psychological causes, can lead to the period going crazy. What is ultimately the reason for the severe irregularity must be considered very individually.
How do I get a regular period?
First of all, you can try to assess if you really have an irregular period or if you are within the normal range (23-35 period days)? If your period is between 23 and 35 days, you don’t need to do anything. If you have observed longer or shorter periods within a year, you should have the causes clarified together with a doctor. For example, if you have PCOS or any other hormonal disease that makes your period go crazy, you can try to stabilize your period with orthodox medical or homeopathic treatments with the help of an accompanying expert.
Irregular period despite Monk’s Pepper?
Of course, there are always cases where Monk’s Pepper or other homeopathic remedies have stabilized your period. However, surveys show that not all women are successful with Monk’s Pepper. Likewise frequent side effects can be observed by the monk pepper like e.g. acne, menstruation pain or stomach pain. In the survey, only six percent of women surveyed stated that monk’s pepper helped them without side effects – although many also stated that they had never tried it. From my point of view, the more effective way is to clarify the deeper causes of the irregular period.
With PCOS, endometriosis or thyroid disease, irregular periods can occur more frequently. With such diseases it makes more sense to concentrate on the treatment of the diseases in order to stabilize the period sustainably. With Monk’s Pepper, a woman is unlikely to be successful in the case of existing illnesses, which are the main cause of irregular periods. As already mentioned above, blind experimentation with any period remedies is absolutely not recommended – please look for trained personnel and act on the basis of diagnostics and not assumptions or hearsay.
You may not get pregnant despite your best efforts and monk’s pepper tea.
My best pregnancy tips for irregular periods
First of all, the good news is – most women “think” only that they have an irregular period and cannot get pregnant, but that is often not correct. In most cases, a woman’s periods are within the natural range of 23 to 35 days – and women can get pregnant very well in this range. For this reason, my tip is: stop believing that your body must function like a clock! In nature, fluctuations are absolutely normal. Humans are not robots or machines. Almost all processes in the body have a natural tolerance range, also to increase our ability to survive on our planet with all the changes (climate fluctuations, food supply etc.).
Even if your periods are absolutely irregular, this is often unproblematic, as you still ovulate in most cases. But no matter how long the intervals between your periods are, I can recommend that you observe your ovulation signs and use NFP to determine your fertile days. Using NFP simply has too many advantages, which are especially important in irregular periods.
First, with NFP you can find out exactly how long your period is and whether it is within the normal range. This is usually the case and gives the women we have accompanied a certain amount of security and peace of mind.
Secondly, with NFP you can clearly limit ovulation and determine the fertile days. This is especially important with the frequent period fluctuations so that you don’t miss your ovulation. Studies have clearly shown that having sex to optimize fertility near ovulation can significantly increase the pregnancy rate. Finally, period diagnostics with NFP can help you to identify faster period peculiarities such as yellow body weakness, which can hinder pregnancy. This allows a more targeted and faster diagnosis and treatment, if necessary.
Please seek medical or medical assistance if necessary and trust your body, this is the key for many women to become pregnant despite irregular periods.