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lladitra
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I'm new this and I have a question, I hope its not stupid, but I would like to know. How do you know your LP number in days?

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Sad I really would like to know my Lenght Cycle is 32 day just dnt knw my LP.

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how do you read the replies

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your luteal phase starts on the day after ovulation. You must know your ovulation date to calculate it properly. So, if you have a 32 day cycle and you ovulated on CD16 then your luteal phase is 16 days. If you have a 32 day cycle and you ovulate on CD18 then you have a 14 day LP. Start counting on 1 day past ovulation.

A woman with normal cycles and no other variables (PCOS, clomid, etc) should have very consistent luteal phases. So in order to know if you're truly "late" you would also need to know when you ovulated and know what your typical LP is.
For example, if you ovulated on CD18 and you have a 16 day LP then you would have a 34 day cycle, and this is still normal.
However, if you ovulated on CD16 and your LP is 18 days or more there is a good chance you're actually pregnant.

hope that helps.

lladitra
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Thank you for your help, I counted the days from my last cycle which was the 29th of last month until the 29th on this month which made it 32 days, so when do I ovulate, and what is my LP?

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in order to truly know when you ovulate, you need to take ovulation prediction tests and/or basal body temperature.

1)ovulation tests, you can buy them through this website (it will take you to early-pregnancy-tests.com) ...see the bar to the left "ovulation tests"... right before you ovulation your body releases a hormone that tells your ovary to release the egg. These tests are designed to pick up that hormone. You pee on the sticks (or dip in a cup) same time each day (not in the morning but mid-day because it takes time for the LH hormone to build during the day). And when it turns positive, (test line is equal to or darker than the control line) that means you will ovulate sometime within the next 48 hours. Ovulation tests predict ovulation but they don't confirm that it actually happened. If you want to confirm it actually happened then you need to take your basal body temperature...

2) BBT (basal body temp): get a digital thermometer (or you can buy a BBT thermometer from that website too or from walmart or wherever). take your temp every morning at the same time when you wake up- you need to literally roll over and grab the thermometer - no talking, getting up to pee, etc. Before ovulation, estrogen is the dominant hormone in your body and estrogen keeps your temps low...after ovulation, progesterone is released and elevates your temps. So taking your temp will tell you that you've ovulated and on which day. If you're trying to get pregnant, you would want to use both of these methods because the best time to have sex is on or before ovulation (it takes sperm about 14 hours to get to your egg and your egg will only live for 24 hours). So if you only used BBT then by the time you've confirmed that you've ovulated, it would be too late to have sex.

You should also pay attention to your cervical mucus (discharge)...throughout the month you should notice it in different phases: creamy/milky, clear and gooey, or none at all. When you see clear/gooey (like egg whites) that is very fertile cervical mucus, indicating that ovulation is coming up.

However, if you don't want to be too involved just yet, I would take an educated guess and say that if your cycles are consistently 32 days, then you probably ovulate around CD18. Most women have a 13-14 day LP. So perhaps try having sex CD16-19 and see if you get pg.

Some helpful resources:
fertilityfriend.com - this website is a free website to chart your temperatures... it also is filled with resources about how to temp and you can look at others' charts.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility- this book is geared towards helping you understand your cycles and everything related to fertility.

this website is also filled with helpful information, just start reading the posts! Smile good luck to you.