Trying to Conceive with Irregular Cycles

Question

We had a baby in March two years ago. I went on the Depo shot for a year following this and then the pill the following year. I have now been off everything since Feb. 1 this year. In July we got pregnant (by some miracle…I have only had one period from Feb. to July). Then in Sept. I miscarried.  Since then I have had light spotting in October. Heavy period in November and then nothing for 48 days! Now the first of January I had a normal period (normal flow – 3 days). However, we are trying to conceive and are not having any luck because of irregular cycles. I have had no past problems and easily got pregnant with our son. Also, since we got pregnant in July and were not trying…I know that I don’t need a normal cycle to get pregnant. However now that we are trying it is very frustrating. Are there any suggestions that you can give us? Thank you in advance! Lynette

Answer

Last Updated: July 24, 2013
You are a perfect candidate for learning to chart your cycles. You are ovulating irregularly and infrequently. I suggest you consult with an expert in Natural Family Planning, who can teach you to identify ovulation. This is especially necessary when it occurs only once every few months, as yours is, probably as a result of the injection. By observing the signs your body produces, you will know when that fertile time is, and be able to time intercourse optimally to achieve a pregnancy. Following birth, you will be able to avoid the fertile time to space your next pregnancy, thus not harming the delicate balance of your fertility. Our website has contact information for professionals in California, and our links page lists websites you can consult for professionals outside of California.

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