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Today we want to talk about the late ovulation – an important aspect that can dramatically affect female menstrual cycle and consequently the chances of pregnancy.
Just the facts
An ovulation that’s considered late generally occurs after the 21st day of the cycle. As you know, ovulation traditionally occurs around the 14th day of menstrual cycle. On this day, as well as five days before it, the probability of becoming pregnant is the highest.
However, on average, only one out of ten women ovulates strictly on 14th day. The cycle is irregular for the vast majority of women and can vary in duration from 21 up to 35 days. These deviations are not abnormal, but they can make it difficult to accurately predict the day of ovulation and, consequently, pregnancy in one way or another.
The Selin period tracker app allows you to precisely indicate all the time intervals, as well as submit symptoms (more on that later). This will give you a better chance of successful pregnancy, regardless of how irregular or shifted your cycle is.
Prime factors that cause late ovulation
Late ovulation is a rather complex thing. There is a number of things that can affect the length of the menstrual cycle. Among them are:
- Certain medications – chemotherapeutic agents, antidepressants, steroids, thyroid medications
- Stress. This refers to a prolonged state of depression, neurosis. Half an hour of melancholy does not count.
- Thyroid problems. This includes both hypofunction (insufficient secretion of hormones) and hyperfunction (excessive secretion) of the thyroid gland.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome. With this disease, menstruation may occur irregularly or not happen at all. As a result, the follicle maturation and the subsequent release of the egg may not happen.
- Breastfeeding. Changes in the menstrual cycle are typical during breastfeeding. During this period, menstruation may happen irregularly or not happen at all.
In any of the situations described above (except for breastfeeding), you should get a medical consultation, regardless of whether you are planning a pregnancy or not.
Late ovulation and its symptoms
Tracking the symptoms is actually not that difficult. Consider a few major symptoms that may indicate late ovulation:
- Basal body temperature, that is your lowest daily temperature. As a rule, it goes down before ovulation and rises after it.
- Changes in cervix. By reaching your fingers into the vagina, you can feel that when ovulating, the cervix is moister and softer than usual.
- Cervical discharges. You can find them on your underwear throughout the month. When ovulation occurs, they often become viscous and fluid, while on the rest of the days they are sticky and thick.
You can also possibly encounter a number of less characteristic symptoms, such as abdominal discomfort, itchy breast, and increased libido.
By adding those symptoms to Selin app, you will eventually see what role they play in your cycle, which can help to indicate the days suitable for conceiving a child with greater accuracy.
Of course in this situation getting pregnant might become somewhat problematic. Even if you are aware of your situation, it can be quite difficult for you to predict the most favorable days during which the conception will be successful.
First of all, we urge you not to despair, but instead take some important steps towards a happy pregnancy. Just by observing your cycle, you can draw the most important conclusions about the systematic nature of your symptoms. Thanks to Selin app, you can approach the problem by submitting all the necessary data into your calendar and analyzing it.
And if you decide to visit a doctor, the data collected in your application will also become an important help that will aid the doctor in determining necessary treatment measures more accurately and quickly.
Also read our artcile on oral contraceptives.