Short Cycle

(Here’s a question I received from Marsha, along with my response.)

Question – Hi there, I really enjoy your website. It’s very informative. I would love it if you could help me out with a few questions. I have been doing a lot of research and reading, and due to many differences of opinion or perhaps different medical ideas of things–it’s been hard for me to find a few particular answers.

I track my cycles carefully w/out basal readings. Cervical mucus, being aware of recurring symptoms and signs, calender days (5 days in the red, and 26 day cycles), etc. I am always on time, and fairly regular.

I recently experienced an early period, occurring just 14 days after the first day of my period before that. Of course, this caused some confusion. Did I ovulate early, did I ovulate at all? Whatever the case, I chalked it up to recent stress and very strong feelings of needing a baby so bad I think I sent my hormones out of complete whack!

I suppose my question is, what is the best way to get back on track?

My educated guess would be, to go on as usual. Expecting the same regular cycle, just repeated early. And of course to track and find out if that is just the case. But I am very interested to know if that in the case of an early period, will I ovulate again? Given that yes, some months you may not even ovulate–more so, in regards to if I had in fact ovulated before the early period, could I again, or again even if I had not ovulated.

I can’t find these answers. I wonder if you have a period early, you ovulated before that early or not at all. And then, could you again either way?  Does it cancel it out? Something to that effect.

I am so sorry this sounds so all over the place. Perhaps that is how I am feeling. But I’m sure you’re quite used to panicked pre-conceivers! 🙂

I am also wondering about typical natural solutions to help increase conception. Things that could hinder such a process, like smoking or drinking. Certain foods, or stress. Or foods you should consider, containing particular minerals or vitamins. Caffeine?

Thank you so much for your time, I look forward to hearing from you.

My Answer – Thank you for your question, Marsha.

First of all, let me say that basal temperature charting can be extremely helpful for understanding your cycle.  It’s hard to say what really occurred during this cycle for you, and for this reason, I would highly recommend that you start using a basal thermometer to chart your temperatures each morning..

Basal temperature readings tell you whether or not you are ovulating based on a slight temperature rise after ovulation.  If you keep track of your temperatures for a couple months or more you will be able to know a lot about your cycle.

Most likely, you will ovulate again in your next cycle.  It may be that stress or illness or any number of things messed up your cycle for that month, and you’ll be back on track this next one.

Here again, it is very informative to utilize BBT charting, and my advice would be to start right away in order to keep better track of your cycles and know for sure if you’re ovulating.

I go into more detail on this page about BBT charting.

Concerning fertility diet and do’s and dont’s like smoking and caffeine, please see my preconception page for more information.

Best wishes to you for a speedy conception!

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