maybe a stupid question??

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Registered: 04-16-2007
maybe a stupid question??
Thu, 07-05-2007 - 6:07pm

Is it written in stone that every woman gets her AF 14 days from ovulation?

Thanks...and sorry if this is a stupid question.

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Registered: 06-01-2007
Thu, 07-05-2007 - 6:18pm


Not a stupid question....I also had that one a while ago. 14 days is just text a 28 day cycle. The period after ovulation is called the luteal phase and it can be short or long. I know it is a problem if it is short (like 10 days) and I think it is considered normal even up to 16 days ... I have learned this just from my own reading...because I do not have a AF after 14 is 15 or 16 for me.

I am sure some one out there has the exact facts...

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Registered: 03-16-2005
Thu, 07-05-2007 - 7:08pm

Absolutely not. That only applies to 28 day cycles, with no variation in luteal phase. At our ages... you can't rely on that at all.

There are several really great articles on Fertility Friend. You should check them out!


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Registered: 08-31-2004
Thu, 07-05-2007 - 9:15pm

Nope, 14 days is just an average. It can vary from 10 to 16 or more. While the luteal phase can vary widely from woman to woman, it tends to be consistent for each woman i.e., if your luteal phase is usually 13 days, then you shouldn't expect it to vary by more than a day or two.

The first part of your cycle, the follicular phase, however, can vary widely within the same woman. Most women actually don't ovulate on day 14. The length of any given cycle is determined by your ovulation date. Once you ovulate, your LP is pretty consistent. I know, for example, once I ovulate, I can expect AF 13 days later, but my cycles range from 25-30 days.

Have you read Taking Charge of Your Fertility? She explains the monthly cycle very well, IMO.


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Registered: 09-01-2006
Thu, 07-05-2007 - 11:39pm

Definitely not a stupid question.

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Registered: 02-27-2007
Fri, 07-06-2007 - 10:36am

As most have said, a 14 day luteal phase is just guideline but it can vary significantly by the individual. Mine is a pretty consistent 12 days with a 28 day cycle (so I ovulate on cd 16 rather than 14). I understand that it is normal for your luteal phase to shorten as you age and start losing progesterone. As Stella mentioned, charting is the best way to know your own cycle timing which will help you to time bd to your unique cycle. When we first started, we bd'd on cds 10, 12 and 14 (because I had a 28 day cycle so wrongly assumed I O'd on cd 14) and ended up stopping 2 days too soon!

Hope this helps!


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Registered: 01-01-2006
Fri, 07-06-2007 - 10:56am

Absolutely not!! And it's not a stupid question.

The average length of the luteal phase(time from ovulation to period) is 14 days....but some people's are much shorter and some are longer. Mine was always 16 days. Actually, the longer the better...more time for implantation.