Are you a woman who has no idea when your period is coming, or do they come like clockwork every month at the same time?
Your cycle should arrive approximately every 28 days and hopefully, ovulation will occur each cycle too.
The way we work out cycle length is we count the first day your period comes as day one of your cycle and then each day from then on until your period comes again is included. So if your period comes on May 2nd, this is day one, if your next period comes on May 31st then your cycle length is 28 days.
Menstrual cycle regulation
Let’s look at what happens in these 28 days if you want to regulate menstrual cycle naturally. For the first 3-5days you are shedding your endometrial lining then the next phase is building a new lining up. Mid cycle we should ovulate and the goal of ovulation is to fertilise the egg. The egg needs a nice plump endometrial lining to burrow in and feed off if it is to grow into a foetus.
If the egg wasn’t fertilised during this phase then the next phase of the cycle prepares the body to shed the lining again.
If your body isn’t doing this in a regular fashion then perhaps the lining is too thin to support a foetus or too thick for the egg to burrow into the uterine wall.
This is one reason why it is important to regulate our cycles so our periods come at the same time each month. We also need to keep our hormone levels where they need to be. If our sex hormones (oestrogen, progesterone, FSH, LH, testosterone) are out of whack then we feel out of sorts too. Our cycle may be too short or too long, we may have pain, or emotional symptoms, our skin might be affected, we may bleed for way too long or spot all the time. These signs are not normal.
An ideal cycle is 28 days with a four-day bright red bleed that is a medium flow with no clots and no associated pain or PMS syndrom.
How many women can put their hands up and say “Yep, this is me?”
What I see in the clinic is a different picture, what you suffer from each month you accept as normal as this is your reality, but with some lifestyle changes and herbal help your reality can be a lot different.
It makes sense that if you regulate your cycle we are able to predict ovulation a whole lot easier than if your period comes any old time!
See the free stuff page on my website for a menstrual diary chart to fill in and get to know your cycle better.
Completing your menstrual diary
Things you will learn to look out for when completing your menstrual diary are:
- Changes in cervical mucus – at the time of ovulation is becoming clear and slippery with an ‘egg white’ consistency.
- Increase in basal body temperature (BBT) – at ovulation your “resting” temperature increases. By charting your temperature over a couple of months you can work out when you ovulate.
- Bodily symptoms – some women feel what’s called “ovulation pain” while others may notice a change in libido, sleep patterns or even appetite.
If you are just starting trying to conceive my advice is, keep things romantic! Men have feelings too and if you are only making love because you think you may be ovulating and this is still the case 12 months later then this can put a strain on the strongest of relationships. Remember why you want to make a baby. You have found the man of your dreams and you want to procreate with him. So keep the romance alive as conception can take longer than you expect. N.B. for most people sex every day in your fertile window is not necessary. Most fertility experts agree that every second day is adequate.
Keep happy and have fun! 🙂