Re: Ovulation After Stopping Pill
Ovulation will probably occur sometime after the withdrawal bleed, but it's hard to say when. If you go right back to 28 day cycles, you will likely have ovulated around day 14 (counting day 1 of the withdrawal bleed as cycle day 1). If you get a real period in a decent amound of time afterward your withdrawal bleed, 28-35 days later, it's probably a real period due to ovulation. However, it is possible to get a period without ovulating. Those are called annovulatory cycles. They are usually very long cycles and quite irregular. My first cycle off the pill was quite long but I did ovulate, I was tracking basal body temperature and got the jump indicating ovulation. There is a good book that explains basal body temping called "Taking Charge of Your Fertility". I highly recommend it. The only way you can know for sure you have ovulated is the temp. jump afterwards. There are some signs your body may be gearing up to ovulate which includes production of cervical fluid resembling uncooked eggwhites and a cervix that is high and soft as well as getting positives on OPKs, but none of these things guarantee your body is ovulating just that it is gearing up to ovulate, and it can gear up, back down, gear up, back down, multiple times in a cycle. Also, my first cycle off the pill, my cervical fluid did not correlate well with ovulation but it has in subsequent cycles.
Last edited by livinTX; 02-09-2007 at 10:05 AM.