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Old 11-18-2008, 07:55 AM   #1
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ovulation and period

I keep reading that women get their periods 12 to 16 days after they ovulate (so using January 1st as a starting point, if the first day of your period is 1/1 and you have a 28-day cycle you would ovulate between Jan 13 -17 , but if you have something like a 36-day cycle you might ovulate Jan 21 - 25).

Is this always the case? Does your body need that long between ovulation and bleeding, or can you ovulate within a few days of your period, or a few days after?

 
Old 11-18-2008, 12:31 PM   #2
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Re: ovulation and period

Tiredpoet,
The time between the first day of your period (CD1) and the day you ovulate is the part of the cycle that varies most. It varies from woman to woman, and may vary for a particular woman depending on how regular the cycle is.

The portion of the cycle from ovulation to the next period is called the luteal phase -- that tends to not vary very much from woman to woman (somewhere around 10-16 days) and vary even less for a particular woman, e.g., mine is pretty much always 14/15 days.

So to answer your question, if you have a very short cycle (say 21 days?) and your period runs until, say, CD6 - you could ovulate as early as CD7 or 8.

However, after ovulation, the luteal phase is pretty consistent. I understand that a luteal phase less than 10 days is considered short, and may pose a challenge for women trying to conceive - as the fertilized egg needs a sufficient amount of time to implant. (Of course, if this is a known problem, it can be compensated for - using progesterone supplements.)

I hope I've answered your question.

 
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Old 11-18-2008, 04:18 PM   #3
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Re: ovulation and period

Thanks! That clears up a lot. I don't really know how long my normal luteal phase is, but can it EVER be longer than 16 days? I've found some info on risks associated with short luteal phases, but nothing about long ones--I'm talking more than 20 days here.

 
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