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Getting pregnant - Trying per cycle

Read along and talk with women who are trying to conceive. There is a dedicated section for each group a cycles, or `rounds`. For example, if you're trying to conceive for the last year, and you had 8 cycles since then, you're in `round 8`.

Round 1-5

The time has come. You have decided to try for a baby. It's all still very exciting, new, fascinating...

Round 6-10

The first five cycles were exciting but now that it's taking a while, it's starting to get to you. When is going to be your turn?...

Round 11-15

How much longer will you have to wait? Here, you don´t have to listen to such well-intended 'advice' as `Try not to think about it all the time` and `Don't let it get to you`...

Round 16 plus

For many couples this is a period of uncertainty, of the medical merry-go-round, or perhaps you're seriously considering trying this...

Ovulation ticker

You can put this ticker on your profile or on other forums.

Getting pregnant

How long does it take to get pregnant?
On average, a woman can get pregnant during a short period, about two weeks before her next cycle starts. There is a 20-25% chance of getting pregnant per cycle, meaning that it takes the average couple about 4-5 cycles to get pregnant. Some couples have to wait a lot longer, even when they are in perfect health. If your cycle is very short or irregular see a doctor. Doctors are pretty good these days in improving your chances.

The Ovulation calendar shows when you might expect your ovulation, based on the dates you enter.

You can also chart your cycles over a couple of months so you can pinpoint your ovulation day. You can keep those charts on pregnology too, on BBT-Temperature charting

When am I ovulating?

Length of your cycle days
Length of your menstruation days
Length of your luteal phase* days
First day of your cycle*

*First day of cycle = First day of flow
*Luteal phase = days between ovulation until next period. Usually 14 days

Things to know

  1. A woman's total egg supply is formed in fetal life, to be ovulated decades later.
  2. The fertile period starts at the menarche (first menstrual period) and ends with the menopause.
  3. Over her reproductive lifetime a woman will ovulate approximately 400 to 450 times.
  4. Unlike almost all other species, humans are the only mammal to lack obvious, visible manifestations of ovulation

Cycle in general

  1. Cycle length can also vary from month to month, with up to 8 days variation between cycles still considered as a regular menstrual cycle.
  2. The medical term for cycles with intervals of 21 days or fewer is polymenorrhea
  3. The medical term for cycles with intervals exceeding 35 days is oligomenorrhea. Long cycles are usually associated with ovulation problems:
    - there may be no ovulation (anovulation),
    - ovulation may be very irregular,
    - ovulation is abnormal (inadequate egg quality).
  4. The medical term for cycles with intervals exceeding 180 days is amenorrhea. Women with very low body fat, such as athletes, may cease to menstruate. Amenorrhea also occurs during pregnancy.
  5. Stressors as subtle as night work or shift work can lead to irregular menstrual cycles. Keep stress levels down.
  6. Your cycle may fluctuate for a variety of reasons, including illness, travel, stress, exercise level, and significant weight loss or gain. Adolescents, women who are breastfeeding, and those who have recently stopped taking birth control pills also commonly experience fluctuations in their menstrual cycles.

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Body temperature charting

Keeping track and charting of your body temperature gives you (and your doctor) a good indication of your menstrual cycle It will show you if and when you ovulate, and it can tell you if you may be pregnant before a home pregnancy test can be done. You can now keep your own basal body temperature charts (BBT-charts) on pregnology. Look and comment on other members charts or keep your own temperature chart(s). Show the BBT charts

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