Posted by: Anglefish | 2003/12/15

long cycle

Hi Doc

I had a miscarriage about 3 months ago. Since then my cycle has been a regular 41 days long. I get ovulation signs, pains in my sides, slippery clear cervical mucus, headaches and just before my period I get severe back pains and cramps. However I am worried that something could be wrong with my cycle being so long as I don’t know anyone else with such a long cycle and that maybe I’m not actually ovulating. I saw my gynae for a checkup about a month ago, he did a transvaginal scan and showed me my ovaries and said that I had quite a few eggs maturing so was very happy with that but I didn’t actually mention my cycle being so long. I was on the pill for about 4 years and injection for 8 months after the birth of my son who is now 6 and after coming off the injection did not get my periods for a year, then fell pregnant and miscarried. My cycle has always been long but usually about 35 – 38 days. I’ve heard that painful periods are a sign that you did ovulate in the previous cycle, is this true and if I am ovulating what could be causing my cycle to take so long and is it normal.

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Our expert says:
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Your cycle is longer than usual. The best way to check whether you are ovulating is with a blood test. The fact that your doctor saw follicles on the scan is a good sign though. If you are planning to fall pregnant, you may wish to have the ovulation test so that you know for sure.

Best wishes

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