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Infertility

Trying to conceive

03/23/2009

Question:

i have been trying to conceive for about a year now but lately my cycle has changed from 28 days to 30 and then it could go to 26 days is there any way of cauclating when would be the right time to help conceive

Answer:

Normal menstrual cycles can often be 26 to 35 day in length. Most women will ovulate 2 weeks before their next period. Since you are not sure when your next period will occur, the best way to determine your fertile time is by using an over-the-counter ovulation detection kit. These kits detect your urinary LH surge (LH is an important hormone) the day before you ovulate. When you detect your surge, you should have sex that night and the next night. Being unable to get pregnant for a year suggests that something is not working properly for you. You should see your gynecologist or a fertility specialist so that they can evaluate you and your partner for possible problems, such as blocked tubes or low sperm count. Often, there is something fairly easy to treat to help you get pregnant. Good Luck!

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Response by:

William W Hurd, MD William W Hurd, MD
Professor of Reproductive Biology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University