Do irregular periods reduce my chances of getting pregnant?

Irregular periods are those that do not occur with a regular cycle length. The usual time from the start of one to the start of the next period is 28 days. It may be more difficult to anticipate when the egg is released (ovulation) and therefore plan a pregnancy when your cycle is irregular, very short or very long. It may also be that you do not ovulate in every cycle, in which case your ovulation can often be stimulated with drugs. You can determine when ovulation occurs by measuring your daily temperature: a rise in temperature of 0.5 degrees mid-cycle may herald ovulation; alternatively, urine ovulation kits are very accurate and may be purchased from your chemist. Other methods of determining ovulation include assessment of cervical mucus (this is often not entirely practical as a home test!).
How do pregnancy test kits work?

Pregnancy test kits require you to test a sample of your urine. The absorbent wand reacts if a hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin), which is produced by the embro, is present in your urine. As a backup, many kits include a second test.

How to use a test kit Not all kits look like the one shown here, but they work in basically the same way. Remove the test wand from the cap or cartridge. Hold the absorbent sampler in your urine stream for a few seconds. Replace the wand into the cartridge. Wait as directed. If you are pregnant, both windows will show a color.

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