Periods and Fertility
Your period can certainly be a nuisance at times, but it can also give you clues and insight into your health and fertility. If you’re thinking about becoming pregnant, really tuning into your body is a great first step in figuring out when you are most likely to be fertile.
What can your period tell you about fertility, and how can you use that information?
- Write it down. Keeping a record of your periods over several months (eight months or longer, if possible) can help you to figure out when you are most fertile. By selecting your shortest cycle and subtracting 18 from it, you can find your first potentially fertile day. Every woman is different, and paying close attention to the way your body works can help you narrow down that fertility window.
- Take your temperature. Throughout your cycle, your body temperature can change, and tracking your basal temperature (your resting temperature as soon as you wake up in the morning) with a basal thermometer can help catch the very subtle temperature changes that occur around the time of ovulation. A raise in temperature indicates that you have ovulated.
- Notice changes down below. Your cervical mucus changes throughout the month, and its consistency can tell you where you are in your cycle. Prior to ovulation is the time where you will notice the most mucus, and you might notice that it becomes clear and slippery, readying your body for conception.
- Do all three of the above simultaneously. Called the symptothermal method, tracking your period, taking your basal temperature, and monitoring your cervical mucus at the same time will give you the most accurate idea of when you are most fertile.
- Be aware of things that don’t feel quite right. Heavy periods, excessive cramping, and irregular periods aren’t necessarily reasons to panic, but they are all good reasons to be in touch with your doctor to rule out uterine fibroids and other issues that could affect your fertility or overall health.
Science can be pretty cool sometimes, and knowing how your body works can be one of the most interesting studies of all, especially if you are trying to – or trying NOT to – get pregnant.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On November 1, 2016