It is important for you to understand your cycle and how it relates to your fertility and also your chances of getting pregnant. Many couples have no problems conceiving but have a major problem understanding their cycles and how it can be used to their advantage.This article does justice to that.

And as you read remain blessed.

Understand Your Monthly Cycle

Understanding your menstrual cycle improves your chances of getting pregnant. The first phase usually starts with the day one CD 1 (Cycle day = CD) of your period. Your body releases hormones that stimulate eggs to grow inside your ovaries within the follicles. Those hormones between CD 2 and 14, helps to thicken the lining of your uterus in readiness for the implantation of a fertilized egg. This is called the follicular stage.

What Occurs During Ovulation

The normal average menstrual cycle is 28-32 days. Though the exact timing of ovulation can vary, but on the average it happens between day 11 and 21 of your cycle. Luteinizing hormone a brain hormone (LH) surges, triggering the release of the egg that’s most ripe. At the same time, your cervical mucus changes to a slippery, egg-white consistency, to help sperm swim easily to the egg.

Timing Is Just Everything.

Women are born with about 1-2 million eggs, but only 300 to 400 will be released through ovulation. Usually each month just one egg is released. The egg will then travel down the fallopian tube toward the uterus, where it will available to be fertilized. The egg has a life span of  about 12 to 24 hours after leaving the ovary. Sperm can live for about 3 to 5 days, so knowing you’re due to ovulate soon can help you and your partner plan sex for when you’re most likely to conceive. If fertilization does not occur, the egg will dissolve after 24 hours.

How To Track Your Most Fertile Days

Generally speaking, your highest chance of pregnancy is when intercourse occurs between 1-2 days before ovulation. If you have a regular 28-day cycle, count back 14 days from when you expect your next period to start. It is important to plan on having sex every other day around that time let’s say, days 12 and 14.

Also note that having sex every day may decrease a man’s sperm count. Your cycle may be longer or shorter, so using an online ovulation calculator may help identify the likely day.

Using Temperature To Track Ovulation

After an egg is released, what’s left of the follicle, called the corpus luteum, releases the hormone progesterone to help thicken the lining of the uterus in preparation of pregnancy. Progesterone causes your body temperature to go up slightly. Take your temperature at fixed time every morning with a basal thermometer (about N600 at drugstores) before getting out of bed is one way to predict whether ovulation has occurred. It’s inexpensive but not as accurate as other methods for tracking ovulation.

Predicting Ovulation by Hormone

The surge in LH is what triggers the egg to be released from your ovaries. Using ovulation kits to check LH levels in your urine can help you pinpoint the day of ovulation. Some kits allow you to test daily to determine when you are ovulating. These kits are convenient and are 99% accurate.

The Last Phase of Your Monthly Cycle

During the second half of your menstrual cycle, progesterone causes the lining of your uterus to thicken in preparation for a fertilized egg to implant. If the egg is not fertilized and implantation does not occur, it disintegrates, and the progesterone levels fall, and about 12 to 16 days later, the egg along with blood and tissues from the lining of the uterus  is discharged. That process is called menstruation. And so The the cycle begins again.

Ways to Boost Ovulation

There is an increasing body of evidence that connects environmental factors to decreases in fertility. If you want to boost your chances of getting pregnant, you may want to eat foods rich in folic acids, buy more organic foods and green products such as vegetables, avoid certain plastics (including drinking water packaged in plastic containers), always try to maintain a healthy body weight through diet and exercise, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

How Men Can Boost Fertility

Managing stress, avoiding alcohol and tobacco, maintaining a proper weight, and eating a diet high in zinc (found in meat, whole grains, seafood, and eggs), selenium (meat, seafood, mushroom, cereals, and Tiger nuts) and vitamin E may help improve male fertility. So can keeping the testicles cool — no long hot baths, hot tubs, or saunas, which can decrease the number of sperm.

Weight Affects Fertility

A study of women found that those whose body mass index (BMI) was above normal( BMI is between 25.0 and 29.9), took two times as long to get pregnant as those with a normal BMI (between 18.5 and 24.9).

If you are overweight or obese it is necessary to loose Weight to improve fertility and pregnancy outcomes. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, weight loss of 5%-10% can dramatically improve ovulation and pregnancy rates. Obesity is also a major cause of infertility and low testosterone levels in men.

But being significantly underweight (too lepaish) can also alter hormones of the reproductive organs and be a cause of infertility.

Take charge of your fertility today.

Loads of Baby Dust to you all.

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