Pregnancy Journals – menstrual cycle – 28-day cycle
In order to conceive you must ovulate! Here’s a brief overview of menstrual cycles and ovulation.
Typically ovulation occurs on day 14 of your cycle. The start of your menstrual cycle begins the first day of your last period. On average, most women have a 28-day cycle (I don’t, at least when I’ve tested in the past). A menstrual cycle can vary, if you don’t have a 28-day cycle, there is no need to worry. It’s normal for menstrual cycles to range from 28 to 32 days.
Here’s an overview of a typical 28-day menstrual cycle. (1)
Your cycle begins on the first day of blood flow.
Days 2–14 Follicular Phase
The follicles on your ovary become active, and your cervical mucus starts to thin.
Ovulation occurs mid-cycle, but can vary from between Day 11 and Day 21 of a woman’s cycle. Rising estrogen levels trigger the LH surge, which causes the follicle to ovulate and release an egg. It’s important to chart your basal body temperature and Luteinizing hormone (LH) surge so you know when you ovulate.
Days 15–22 Luteal Phase
After releasing the egg, the follicle produces progesterone, which thickens the lining of the uterus for implantation.
Implantation of a fertilized egg can take place. At this point, hormones produced by pregnancy may be detected by a pregnancy test.
If pregnancy does not occur, your hormone levels begin to fall. The uterine lining sheds, resulting in your period.
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(1) “Ovulation Calculator from WebMD.” WebMD. WebMD, 21 Jan. 2016. Web. 11 Mar. 2016. <http://www.webmd.com/baby/healthtool-ovulation-calculator>.
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