Using Ovia to track your ovulation - even with an irregular cycle

Ovia works for women with all cycle types. If you have an irregular cycle and are entering your data consistently, we'll be able to alert you when you're fertile or when you should be taking certain actions.

What is an irregular cycle?

Although very few people observe periods that consistently last exactly 28 days, this number is a good approximation of the average cycle time. However, the term “regular cycle" includes far more than just the very small selection of individuals who can predict their period to the hour. Doctors only characterize a female as having an irregular menstrual cycle when it lasts less than 21 days, more than 35 days, or varys more than seven days between the shortest and the longest.

How can an irregular cycle hamper your ability to get pregnant?

Irregular periods can hamper fertility in a couple of different ways. An irregular period, or its absence altogether, is an indicator that no ovulation is happening. If ovulation does not occur during a cycle, then no egg is released, effectively making conception an impossibility. Even those with irregular periods who do ovulate during their cycle can experience problems conceiving, as it is more difficult to zero in on the fertile window if its relative position changes from cycle to cycle.

How can you get pregnant in spite of the irregular cycle?

Having irregular cycles can present a challenge for individuals who are trying to conceive, as ovulation may be more difficult to recognize, if it happens at all. One of the best ways to get pregnant despite an irregular cycle is by tracking your fertility metrics, including cervical fluid and basal body temperature, and diligently taking ovulation tests. Through tracking your cervical mucus and basal body temperature throughout your cycle, you are able to use real, personalized indicators and trends of ovulation to determine when you are fertile, rather than adhere to one-size-fits-all fertility advice.

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