What is early ovulation?
Early ovulation may occur due to some factors, all important to take into consideration when using Natural Cycles.
A shorter cycle is a cycle that lasts 21 days or less. This is not unusual, as we are all unique, but can indicate a hormonal imbalance among other things. For a Cycler with a shorter cycle, ovulation will occur sooner as the entire cycle is shorter. Ovulation occurs roughly 10-16 days before the next period (this is the luteal phase), but it's individual for every woman. So, for a woman with a shorter cycle, she may ovulate early in the cycle such as on day 7-10, which would indicate early ovulation. The algorithm will take this into consideration, of course, that is why you may get red days while still on your period or from cycle day 5 and onwards.
Stress has a negative effect on the cycle and could lead to either an earlier or delayed ovulation, as well as an anovulatory cycle (where no ovulation occurs at all). This is important to keep in mind when using Natural Cycles, as the ovulation could occur sooner than expected, but also later than expected (your prediction). This is why it's important to always keep an eye on your fertility status for each day, while always using condoms on red days regardless of what cycle day it is. This is also why it's just as important to always check your fertility status for the day at all times, and remember to not view the predictions as 100% correct since they are subject to change as you add more data for the algorithm to use in its calculations.
Stress is not something the algorithm knows about, nor takes into consideration, so it's very important that you try to limit your stress and take it into account when tracking your fertility and preventing or planning a pregnancy. Doing calming exercises such as walks, yoga, and pilates could help with reducing stress, as well as help with regulating your cycle.
Prior use of hormonal contraception
It is not unusual to have an irregular cycle after using hormonal contraception. The cycle may be irregular for up to a year, during which ovulation can occur both early and later in the cycle while also not occur at all. This is why you will get many red days in the beginning, and until your cycle becomes more regular. The algorithm will always be able to give green days after ovulation is detected.
After a pregnancy
Your cycle may be irregular after a pregnancy, and while/after breastfeeding. This means that ovulation may occur early in the cycle. This is why the algorithm gives many red days in the beginning and until the cycle becomes a bit more regular again. The algorithm will always be able to give green days after ovulation is detected, regardless of irregular cycles or breastfeeding.
What is early ovulation?