Trying to Conceive: Will Irregular Periods Affect Ability to Conceive?

My periods are very irregular, coming every 45 to 60 days. Sometimes I only have one period every few months. Can irregular periods mean I am less fertile?

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Irregularity, per se, is not necessarily a problem if you learn how to chart your fertility signs -- especially cervical fluid -- to determine when you are approaching your short window of fertility. But, if cycles are very long, it means by definition, that ovulation is not occurring as often as it would with a typical monthly cycle.

There are numerous factors that determine how fertile a woman is, such as her age, whether and how often she ovulates, whether her cervical fluid is wet enough to sustain sperm, whether her fallopian tubes are open, etc. But the most important of all is the release of the egg itself. If you don‚t release an egg that often, you don‚t have as many opportunities to get pregnant.

Women with irregular periods are often prescribed fertility drugs like Clomid to increase the number of ovulation times. But if you would rather try a more natural approach, you might want to see a naturopathic physician first to see if they can prescribe a less invasive option for you.

Ultimately, your age may determine your decision regarding whether or not you want to be aggressive in your approach. The younger you are, the more time you have to alter your cycles naturally.

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