Can a woman have a regular period and not ovulate?. You asked a really good question. You want to know if you might not be ovulating even though you're having regular periods and the answer to that is "yes." If you're having a hard time getting pregnant, if it's been 6-12 months since you started trying, then it would be a good idea to start tracking and pay more attention to the different things that might help you know exactly when you're ovulating. There's a few different ways you can do this. First of all, you can check your basal body temperature. You just check your temperature every morning before you get out of bed at about the same time every day and this helps in retrospect. So after you've tracked it for a couple of months, you can go back and look and see that your basal body temperature decreases slightly at a certain point each month and that's an indication that that's about the time that you're ovulating. You can also pay attention to cervical mucus because it will usually become thinner, a little more slippery, maybe more clear when you're ovulating. Probably the most accurate way to detect ovulation is by using a luteinizing hormone detection kit or an ovulation detection kit. And you can get these at most grocery stores or pharmacies and its similar to a pregnancy test. It's like peeing on a stick and what it's looking for is a luteinizing hormone surge. If you get a positive result, then you could be ovulating any time between 16 hours from that point all the way up to 48 hours from that time. So there's kind of a big window there, which is nice because then if you can't have intercourse right away, you can kind of plan things and try to time intercourse with ovulation. You know, typically speaking, a woman will ovulate 12-16 days before her next period is going to start, but once women start tracking it, sometimes they find that they're ovulating a little bit earlier or a little bit later and maybe that's why they were having a hard time getting pregnant because they weren't timing things right. If you've been trying for a year or more, then it's time to go to the doctor regardless. They can ask you and your partner more specific questions about your health history and your lifestyle, perform an exam, maybe do some tests, and then decide what treatments are going to help you get pregnant. Good luck with everything and if you have any other questions for me in the future, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at facebook.com/intermountainmoms and recommend us to your friends and family, too.
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