menstrual cycyleYour body gives you many signals about your fertility throughout the month – you just need to know how to read them. The fact is you are only fertile at certain times during your menstrual cycle – these times are:

1. during mid cycle ovulation
2. and possibly during your natal lunar phase fertile time
It is essential for every woman to learn how to read her own body. Getting pregnant is all about timing. You want to make sure the conditions are right for egg and sperm to meet. Your menstrual cycle can give you clues about when your body is ready to start the process.

Ovulation (when the egg is released) generally occurs 14 days before the next bleed. So for different cycle lengths, ovulation can occur at different times. This is a rough guide only, as ovulation can be delayed, for exaple due to sickness or stress. The fertile window starts a few days before ovulation when cervical mucus starts to turn wetter and more profuse.

Fertility Awareness Method is a scientifically validated method of natural birth control and pregnancy achievement. It is based on observing and charting body signs such as changes in the cervical fluid and in the color, size and shape of the cervix that reflect whether a woman is fertile on any given day.

It is based on the following scientific principles:

1. Your menstrual cycle can basically be divided into three phases: the pre-ovulatory infertile phase, the fertile phase, and the post-ovulatory infertile phase. You can determine which phase you are in by observing the three primary fertility signs: early morning (waking, or basal body) temperature, cervical fluid, and cervical position.
2. The menstrual cycle is under the direct influence of estrogen and progesterone, and the body provides daily signs about the status of these hormones. Estrogen dominates the first part of the cycle; progesterone dominates the latter. Another hormone, called luteinizing hormone (LH), is the catalyst that propels the ovary to release the egg. LH is the hormone measured in ovulation predictor kits.
3. Ovulation (the release of an egg) occurs once per cycle. During ovulation, one or more eggs are released. An egg can survive for 12-24 hours. If a second egg is released in one cycle (as in the case of fraternal twins), it will be released within 24 hours of the first.
4. The time from a woman’s period until ovulation varies, but it is often about two weeks.
5. Sperm can live in fertile-quality cervical fluid for up to five days, though typically they live only about two days.

To be continued….