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How long after ovulation should a period come

By Anonymous May 4, 2009 - 6:50am
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My husband and I are married 3 years this year and we decided to start trying for a baby in April, I am 29 and have irregular periods, however I ovulated on 20th April and we made love several times a week before the 20th and including the 20th and 21st April. I have had no period to date but we did take a hmpt yesterday (4th May)and it was negative. How long does it take for your period to come after ovulation and could I still be pregnant?

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my name is Ife,pls my period didn't follow date for past one year now,if saw it on 13 of July and it happened on 8 of August that's how it used to do pls help me out because am v been searching for pregnant since 2015.Thanks

August 8, 2017 - 1:23pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

If your periods are irregular, and you are trying to become pregnant, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist.


August 9, 2017 - 9:04am
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I have irregular menstrual and after trying for a year we saw a gynae and realised I have been menstruating without ovulation. That's why it's so irregular. The solution is actually very easy. I took clomid for 5 days and on the 10th day we saw the gynae again and he could see the egg formed and told us the dates to try for baby. It's not so stressful as when you try to predict and assess things on your own. Just see a gynae and ask for clomid! Don't take metformin however.. We have had bad experiences with it. Try clomid first

May 30, 2017 - 9:12pm
EmpowHER Guest

Hi Please help me to predict my ovulation day my last period was April 15th and am getting periods every two or three months my before period was on jan 20th so it is quite difficult to predict my ovulation and my period date

April 30, 2017 - 11:32am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Generally, ovulation happens in the middle of the menstrual cycle, about two weeks after your last period ended and two weeks before your next period is due.

I can appreciate how difficult it is to know when you are ovulating, with periods coming every two to three months.

Consider scheduling an appointment with a gynecologist to determine why you have such an irregular menstrual cycle.


May 3, 2017 - 8:58am
EmpowHER Guest

Hello.. plz help me I'm so confused if I'm pregnant or not..November 19 is my Lmp and I had sex with my bf Nov.20 and 27 we used widrawal method.December 9 I have light brown and little bit pinkish discharge so I tried to use a pregnancy test and it was negative.December 15 it was pinkish discharge and I felt a little bit pain on my belly. I thought I have period that time but it's not so I tried to used pt again and it was negative too. Is it pinkish and light brown discharge is a sign of ovulating?December 18 still my period not coming maybe because I'm irregular so I'm delayed also I used pt again on Dec.19 but it showed negative. I don't have any feelings of a sign that my period coming. Is it possible that I might get pregnant? and December 19 I had sex with other guy and he put his sperms inside is it possible that I might get pregnant to this guy??? Sorry for this Coz my situation is very complicated..it was a long long story why it had happened this to me??? Plz help me... ??? And plz don't judge me... thank you..

December 19, 2016 - 8:05am
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Me and my husband got married 3 years ago in october 2013. We started in june 2015. Though we do try on alternate days of fertile period i never conceived. My period cycle is 32 days. We visited many doctors and undergone few treatments but no use. Please help us. Doctor says i have pcos. My periods varies a day or two more or less(rarely) for 32 day cycle but never missed ever since we started trying. We are worried.

November 9, 2016 - 9:11am

Hi, Anon, and welcome to EmpowHer!

Congratulations on your decision to start a family! I know it's frustrating sometimes when you want something so badly. But please know that most couples don't get pregnant the first month they are trying. It may take a few months, and that's absolutely normal.

And yes, it's still possible that you're pregnant. In a normal 28-day cycle, your period comes about 14-16 days after ovulation. However, unless you are positive that you know exactly when you ovulated, your result could be off one or two days.

If you did ovulate on the 20th of April, that is 15 days ago. If you're not pregnant, I would expect you to start your period in the next day or two.

If you are pregnant, it just may be that there is not yet enough of the pregnancy hormone (HCG) in your blood for the pregnancy test to pick it up yet. I would take another test in a few days if your period doesn't start.

When you are trying for a baby, it helps to have sex about every other day before you ovulate -- that way, the man has more time to build up sperm between ejaculations.

Here's a great calculator for pregnancy, conception and due dates:


Hang in there -- I have my fingers crossed for you!

May 4, 2009 - 10:05am
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