Tracking Your Cycle: Your Guide To Getting Pregnant
Unprotected sex will lead to pregnancy. In most cases, this stands as true. Though, some women want to know more about their cycles and when the best time to conceive is. Women should know their bodies and understand what is going on month to month. This guide will help you understand and track your cycle and when the best time to get pregnant is.
Your Cycle - The Basics
It may seem like it’s been a long time since you learned about the female menstruation cycle. Let’s quickly review.
There are four phases of the female reproductive cycle, they include:
- Menstruation Phase - The uterus sheds its lining, and you bleed for 4 to 7 days on average.
- The Follicular Phase - Ovaries produce estrogen, which signals the uterine lining to thicken, making follicles grow, so they are ready to release an egg
- Mid-Cycle/Ovulatory Phase - The egg is sent down the fallopian tube, leaving the cavity behind. The cyst cavity will produce progesterone.
- Luteal Phase - The progesterone released tells the uterus to stop growing and start making a home for a baby. Though, if no pregnancy results, the progesterone levels are decreased.
Every month a woman does not get pregnant, the cycle will happen again. The female reproductive cycle is an amazing, yet confusing concept, but how do you know exactly when to get pregnant during the cycle?
First, you must understand how to track your cycle.
Tracking Your Cycle
Every woman is different when it comes to the length of her cycle. The average female cycle can range from 21-34 days.
• To begin tracking, know that day 1 is the day the bleeding starts.
• Your cycle ends when the bleeding starts again (again back to day 1).
Optimal Fertility Time
For this example, we are going to assume the total length of the woman’s cycle is 28 days. Therefore, day 14 of the cycle is her ovulation day. Ovulation is the time when the female’s ovary releases an egg to become fertilized. Three days before and three days after ovulation are considered prime fertility time. Though, there is some risk of getting pregnant any time you have unprotected sex.
If you are trying to conceive and have notice your periods are not regular, in which you bleed over seven days, you skip periods, or you go longer than 34 days with no period, it is recommended to make an appointment with your OBGYN to understand on why your periods are irregular. There are various causes for irregular bleeding.
Overall, the basics of “If you have unprotected sex, you will get pregnant” is correct. Though, adding understanding of the female reproductive cycle will help you understand your body. Tracking your cycle can help you and your partner decide when the best time to get pregnant is. After following your cycle, you may notice your periods are irregular. Always use protection if you do not desire a pregnancy because you may ovulate unexpectedly.