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Ok, I've been off the pill since January and I have no idea how long my cycle is. It seems like it changes every 2-3 months. At first AF was coming around the 13th or 14th each month, then it started coming around the 5th or 6th and this month it came on the 10th. How the heck am I supposed to know when I'm O'ing? Is this something I just have to wait out and hope it gets regular every month? Frustrated.
I'm still learning myself, but it's my understanding that that's normal after coming off of the Pill. How much reading about charting have you done? I'm not sure that you're tracking the right things if you're looking at which day AF comes on.
Your pre-ovulatory phase is the part of your cycle that determines how long it will be, and you can track that through a few things including temperature, cervical fluid and cervical position. You can ovulate anywhere from day 10 to day 26 and everywhere in between and have it be considered a normal cycle length. It will likely differ every month, too. Your post-ovulatory phase will typically be the same amount of days every cycle regardless of how long it took you to ovulate.
Sort of, but when AF comes is the least important part of the equation and you'll drive yourself nuts trying to predict based on that. Actually, you aren't supposed to predict at all; how long it takes you to ovulate is what determines the length of your cycle, and some things (stress, travel, sickness, etc) can delay ovulation. The *best* way to track your cycles is to watch for a few tell-tale signs *as it's happening*. Most women will see some kind of pattern in their cycle lengths over time but generally speaking the length of time it takes someone to ovulate can range hugely and still be "normal".
It's normal to have irregular cycles for the first 3 - 18 months after discontinuing the Pill.
The time of ovulation can move from cycle to cycle. Your period comes about 2 weeks after ovulation. So if ovulation is late, your period will be late. If ovulation is earlier, your period will be earlier. You can tell when you're ovulating by tracking the natural signs that your body gives you, day by day. No guessing or counting days, your body will tell you when it's happening once you learn what to look for!