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#1 of 8 Old 08-28-2007, 01:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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my cycle is 37 days long- what's up with that? I've been charting for the last 6 months and I've really learned a lot but I've found that I'm not ovulating until day 22 or so. could this be due to a lack of a certain hormone not building up enough to prompt ovulation? Are there any herbs or minerals/suppliments out there to help with that? I am not sure if I want to take the heavy duty stuff that the midwives are going to prescribe. Anyone have any experience with a similar situation? Thanks in advance.
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I always had long cycles. (still waiting for my first PPAF right now - DS is 15 months old and no sign of it yet). Things to consider:
1. Are you underweight? (I tend to be low)
2. Getting a lot of exercise?
3. Still breastfeeding?

When I was TTC with DS I took vitex (chasteberry) and drank a lot of green tea. I think both of these helped me ovulate earlier and have better CM. Certainly can't hurt. I also tried putting on an extra couple lbs (brought 2 sandwiches for lunch every day instead of 1) although I ended up getting pregnant before I had gained more than a pound or two.... I'm currently taking vitex to see if I can coax my body back into a fertile pattern but it hasnt' happened yet. Judging from what I've seen posted here, taking up to 1200 mg/day may be helpful.

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I have long cycles. I have been off birth control since January. It needn't be a sickness or anything, some women just have long cycles. Since you know you ovulate and you even know when, meaning you're regular, I don't think you have to worry. You could always ask a midwife/doctor, of course, but be assured you're not the only one.

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Lots of women (myself included) have long cycles. As long as you're ovulating consistently, and relatively early (before CD28 or so) and have a decently long LP (12 days or more) it shouldn't be a problem. The only rub is that it takes five weeks to complete a cycle rather than four.

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I don't think long cycles in and of them selves aren't anything to be concerned about. why are you wanting to have a shorter cycle? I used to have long and erratic cycles, so as an experiment I took vitex for one cycle. that cycle was very short and I ovulated very early. every cycle since the vitex cycle, except one where I had a lot of stress, has been 27-29 days long. You could look into vitex as a way to shorten your cycle. being hypo thyroid can cause irregularities and long cycles - I had other symptoms of hypothyroidism, low temps, long mucous patch, in addition to the long, irregular cycles, so I had my doc test my levels. they were within normal limits but it was nice to rule that out.
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I have long cycles (40+) my last was 47, O'ing around day 31. I love that I don't have to deal with AF all that frequently. Growing up I never kept track 'cause they were always so far apart, I just went on the "I can feel them coming" method and left it at that.

PP, why would it matter that O be before day 20? curious if I'm missing something.

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I've always had long cycles, too (bewteen 32 and 35 days). Not everyone falls into the textbook 28 day pattern.
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Lots of women (myself included) have long cycles. As long as you're ovulating consistently, and relatively early (before CD28 or so) and have a decently long LP (12 days or more) it shouldn't be a problem. The only rub is that it takes five weeks to complete a cycle rather than four.

Good luck!
i don't o before day 28.. but then I also worry I might have thyroid issues... see below

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I used to have long and erratic cycles, so as an experiment I took vitex for one cycle. that cycle was very short and I ovulated very early. every cycle since the vitex cycle, except one where I had a lot of stress, has been 27-29 days long. You could look into vitex as a way to shorten your cycle. being hypo thyroid can cause irregularities and long cycles - I had other symptoms of hypothyroidism, low temps, long mucous patch, in addition to the long, irregular cycles, so I had my doc test my levels. they were within normal limits but it was nice to rule that out.
I really need to go and rule that out, too. did you take vitex pills? you sound like a success example for that plant...

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