Pregnancy can be a dream for many women, especially those wanting their first born. On the contrary, it can be a fear for many others who have already completed their families. Women can be better equipped for handling pregnancy when they have the right knowledge about the menstrual cycle.
A menstrual cycle is a natural phenomenon for a woman which hallmarks her reproductive ability.Know some useful facts about menstrual cycle, pregnancy and contraception to plan your family in an appropriate way.
Menstrual Cycle To Determine Pregnancy
Individual Women Can Have Unique Cycles
It is believed that the average menstrual cycle in women is of 28 days. However, a study of over 2300 women suggests the average to be approximately of 29 days. The change is length of menstrual cycle can be high for women blow 25 years of age.
Pregnancy can be indicative when you have a missed period, although there can be many other causes of having a missed period. If you have been having sex frequently and did not experience bleeding for six weeks, go for a pregnancy test.
Safe Days Of Sex Without The Possibility Of Pregnancy
A woman may not conceive every time she has sexual intercourse. But this largely depends on her cycle. For a 28 days cycle, starting from the first day, the day 14 of menstrual period can be the most fertile. This means that if a sperm gets deposited on day 10 (which can usually live till day 14), a woman can conceive when she has a fertile cervical mucus. A sperm can also conjugate with her egg from the 15th day upto the 19th day of the cycle. If you want to know the most fertile days, go two ways- backward 72 hours and forward 24 hours. These days can be relatively safer though not completely safe.
Menstrual Cycle, Ovulation And Pregnancy Can Be A Complex Outcome
Although it may seem simple, menstrual cycle and conception can be a tricky phenomenon for the average woman. Ovulation, the time when your egg is released, is crucial for experiencing pregnancy. But pregnancy is not restricted to ovulation alone. The sperm, which has to combine with the egg (fertilization) to result into conception, can survive in a woman’s body for about 4-7 days.
Ovulation generally happens between the 14-16th day before your next menstrual period begins. So pregnancy can happen even if you have had sex(few days) before and after ovulation. Women with regular menstrual cycles (26-32 days) have the highest chances of getting pregnant between 8-19th day of their cycles.It is not easy to predict ovulation, and pregnancy, when you have irregular periods.
Natural Family Planning With Menstrual Cycle
Menstrual cycle can help both achieve and prevent pregnancy in women. Natural family planning is a way to have sex without contraception and without the risk of pregnancy.
When you want to implement natural family planning, you have to heed the time when you are most and least fertile in your cycles. Ovulation, which is the key to pregnancy, can be determined with great approximation using some indispensable tools like recording body temperature and analyzing cervical fluids. Usually, a combination of methods is implemented to apply natural family planning.
However, it is not 100% safe to rely on natural family planning and have unprotected sex even with the most precise tools because mother nature may have something else in store than what you have planned for!