Your Menstrual Cycle

The menstrual cycle of a woman really is a wonder of nature. Its main purpose is to have the woman’s body prepare and release a fertile egg.

The menstrual cycle is the method our body uses to help keep the female body clean and safe for it to conceive. Usually a menstrual cycle only produces one egg however there are times two or more eggs may be presented for fertilisation by the sperm. When the egg is fertilised this is the time wherein a new member of your family is created.


Fertilisation: The best time to get pregnant. ?

We all know about periods, but not everyone fully understands the exact stages of the menstrual cycle and when your egg is presented for fertilisation and therefore when you are most likely to conceive. The length of each menstrual cycle changes the day of ovulation. Ovulation is the fissure of a mature follicle in the ovarian tissue and the release of the egg. A normal cycle is 28 days long and ovulation happens on the 14th day, but some women’s cycle can either be shorter or longer than 28 days. Women who have irregular menstrual cycles have unpredictable ovulation times, making predicting ovulation more difficult.


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During ovulation is the best time to have your egg fertilized, so if you are trying to fall pregnant then spending some time trying to workout which day you are ovulating will be beneficial to your chances of conceiving. Understanding that the menstrual cycle lasts over a 4 week period and it has 4 separate stages. The first one is your period/menstruation, some woman have menstruation for only 2 days and in some women this stage lasts longer. The next stage of your cycle is ovulation wherein your egg gets liberated from the ovary and would flow to your Fallopian tube to meet the sperm. The following stage is the conception where the egg will be fertilised by the sperm. The final stage would be the implantation wherein the fertilised egg floats down the uterus, however if fertilisation of the egg by sperm did not occur then menstruation will occur as a new cycle begins.


Calculating Your Ovulation Day

You can take note of the dates and the duration of your previous cycles going back six or more months. Subtract 20 days off your shortest cycle to get your first fertile day and the last would be the difference of subtracting 10 days from your longest cycle. It can be a little confusing but you do not have to worry because there are many ovulation calculators you can find online. You have to remember that the ovum can only be fertilised for 24 hours but the male’s semen can stay active and alive to fertilize for several days. Due to the longevity of sperm to increase your chances of conception you should be having sex 2 days prior to your predicted ovulation date and several days after.


Measuring Your Body Temperature

Another way some women use to try and predict ovulation is by measuring their body temperature upon waking up each day before doing any physical activity. Because of hormonal changes during ovulation, there will be a one half to one degree Fahrenheit rise in a woman’s basal temperature during this time. You can use a normal thermometer to take note of this early in the morning while you are in bed.


Stay Healthy To Increase Your Chances

A stress free mind and healthy body is needed to increase your chances of falling pregnant. You can start by eating organic natural foods, exercising and enjoying yourself more. On top of this avoid smoking and alcohol to both increase your chances and make sure your baby is born healthy


*** The information contained here is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment in any manner. Always seek the advice of your doctor with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.

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