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Irregular Periods and Pregnancy: What You Should Know

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Are your past period cycles all over the place?

How does one deal with irregular periods if they want to get pregnant?

Did you know that anxiety about not getting your periods on time might be the reason you’re not getting your periods on time?

All of this and more to come in this blog. Keep reading!

What is an irregular period?

Getting pregnant with irregular periods can be quite difficult. But, let’s first define irregular periods. You don’t need a 28- day cycle to have regular periods. Most women have a cycle that varies between 22- 35 days, and lasts about the same length almost every time. So, if your period cycles can be easily defined by this criterion, all’s well, you are experiencing regular periods. Anything out of the criteria defined above, are irregular periods.

What causes irregular periods?

Sometimes, irregular periods can be caused by:

  • Medications

  • Exercising too much

  • Being overweight or underweight

  • Not eating enough calories

Other times, irregular periods might be caused due to something much more serious such as PCOS, PCOD, hypothyroidism, diabetes, liver function, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.

What is the easiest way to check for irregular periods?

This is also how to get pregnant with irregular periods.

Ovulation usually happens 14 days before your next period begins. It might be harder for you to track your ovulation days using the regular methods or apps if you skip periods or if your periods have definite starting time.

Women with irregular periods might have to do a lot more work than usual to get pregnant. Your chances of conceiving are the highest during your ovulation days. Women with irregular periods often wonder how to track fertility or how to find out their ovulation day, when they’re trying to get pregnant.

A good way to test if it’s your ovulation day is to check for mucus. If you find clear and sticky mucus in the middle of your periods, get to work ASAP! Because your ovulation day lasts only for a short while and the sperms need time to find the egg.

There are ovulation predictor kits available in the market today. Purchase one from your local chemist and test it out for yourself. This kit uses your urine sample for the test. This kit detects the surge of LH (luteinizing hormone) in your body which is your body’s way of telling you that this is the perfect time to make babies.

Your body starts producing LH just a day or two before you start ovulation, and this LH signals your ovaries to release an egg. You would want to have intercourse a day or two after you find positive results in your test. Tracking irregular periods ovulation is difficult but not impossible. :)

Signs of pregnancy when you have irregular periods might be a little difficult to notice but keep an eye out for these:

  • Nausea and fatigue

  • Swollen or tender breasts

  • Frequent urination

  • Mood swings

  • Headaches and backaches

  • Changes in cravings or aversions to certain foods you liked before.

Can irregular periods cause infertility?

Studies have shown that irregular cycles affect fertility, even if they are not caused due to any underlying conditions. Irregular or missing periods account for more than 40% of cases of infertility.

Can you get pregnant with irregular periods?

Do irregular periods mean infertility? Not at all. Doctors suggest trying often if you are finding it difficult to become pregnant. Women within the age of 35, have the highest odds of getting pregnant simply by engaging in penetrative sex more frequently.

Should women with irregular periods panic?

Being anxious and panicking could affect your mental health. Remember, your chances of conceiving are much higher if you are fit not just physically but also mentally. So, then what can you do?

Consult a doctor. A doctor will help guide you on the right treatment path and also recommend lifestyle changes to increase your chances of having an irregular periods pregnancy.

Surround yourself with your loved ones, think positive things, and engage in activities that bring you joy. Always remember that you are more than what your body can or cannot do.

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