Join Date: May 2003
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It sounds to me like your cycles are still within a normal range. LizD, I think you are totally right, there are a number factors that can influence our cycles. What you are most likely noticing is a change in the pre-ovulatory phase of your cycle. Luteal phases (basically, from ovulation on to menses) are pretty static overall. Stress, lack of sleep, great exertion may delay your ovulation on any given cycle.
My cycles are about 31 days, too, and I had my own freak-out experience back in May. My CM never really dried up like it usually does around day 20, and I waited for a positive sign that I was in the infertile part of my cycle. Well, my period arrived on day 27. All my other signs were normal. When I reviewed my chart, I found that my luteal phase was my normal 13-day range, but that I had ovulated earlier than usual. Funny, isn't it A first in almost 3 years of charting.
Only guess I had to the cause was a favorable annual review at work around the beginning of that cycle. Maybe that helped me to relax more : )