One thing we do know is that every woman is different in her cycle length. If you are one of the lucky ones, your period comes at about the same time every cycle without much suspense. But even those with predominately consistent cycles will have a blip every now and then. Stress, illness, medications and exercise are known interrupters of regular cycles.
But what if your cycle not only varies in length, but also in frequency? Does that impact whether or not you can become pregnant?
First, we have to know what is considered, “irregular.” Doctors state that if your cycle is less than 24 days, more than 35 days or nonexistent that you can confidently assume that you are experiencing an irregular cycle. And again, everyone has irregular cycles every now and then, so you shouldn’t be concerned unless it seems to be more often than not that you experience menstrual cycle variances.
Now to the answer to the question………
Yes, women with irregular cycles may struggle to become pregnant. In fact, fertility doctors say that up to 40% of women struggling with infertility can blame it on their crazy cycle. If your cycle is too short, the body does not have enough time to cultivate a fertility friendly environment for the egg. And if it is too long, there is a good chance that ovulation is not occurring.
So what do you do to increase your odds of becoming pregnant with an irregular cycle?
The starting place should be a consultation with your fertility doctor. They will ask you about illness, disease, medications, your exercise habits, if you smoke, and about your diet. They will also want to check your thyroid glands and ovaries to make sure all is well. The good news here is that there may be something as easy as losing a bit of weight that will help regulate your cycle.
The next step is to look at how the doctor can help your body mimic a more typical cycle. This is often done with fertility drugs such as Clomid.
Another option is to explore a more natural approach to regulating your cycle. Your naturopath can work with you to put together an herbal regiment that is fertility friendly. You can also look at products such as FertilAid to help regulate your cycle. I know lots women who have had wonderful experiences taking this all natural fertility supplement that now have a little one in their arms!
Figuring out your cycle is the key to getting pregnant, so if you are concerned that your cycle may be getting in your way of achieving your goal of motherhood, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor.