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My husband and I are trying to start a family. After 6 months or so of no success, I have started to use OPKs and haven't been succesful at detecting ovulation over 2-cycles (clear-blue, detects 'high' fertility but not 'peak').

I have very irregular periods (cycle ranging from 30-72 days over the past year). I am 31 and used the depo-provea contraceptive for 7 years from 21-28 and have been off for just over 3 years with menstruation retuning after 1 year.

Should I be consulting my GP now for further tests or is it too early? Is there anything I should be doing (beyond healthy lifestyle and folic acid) to help? thanks

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The Answer

It can take some time for your normal menstrual cycle to return after prolonged use of contraceptives. But your normal cycle should return within 12 – 24 months. You have not mentioned if your cycle was irregular before use of contraceptive.

If your cycle does vary this much it will be difficult to predict your ovulation time frame. Ovulation is normally 14 days after the start of your period, but this can be later if cycle is prolonged.

I would suggest you monitor the start day of your periods and focus specifically around the 14th day after your period has started. If you have been trying for this length of time I do suggest you discuss this with your GP. Each practice will vary a little when they start investigations into fertility issues, so I do suggest you discuss this with your GP. Hopefully this will help you.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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