One of the most important parts of getting pregnant is really and truly understanding your cycle. It can be very difficult to get pregnant if you don’t understand exactly how your cycle works and don’t know exactly when your fertile days are. Women go through a lot of different changes during a single month, and it can be hard to understand exactly what is going on. This is why it is important to take the time to understand how the body works and how a woman’s cycle actually is before you start trying to conceive.
Menstruation starts on day one of a woman’s cycle, and usually runs through about days five or six. Menstruation is when the body begins to shed the lining of the uterus from the previous month, when it realizes that the egg was not fertilized and a pregnancy did not result. At around day 5 of a woman’s menstrual cycle, a woman’s follicles will being to mature and produce estrogen.
Near day 8 of the cycle, one of these follicles will “win” out as the dominate one, and the others will begin to die. This will become the egg that will be released from the body. During this part of the cycle, the follicles continue to mature and the body continues to prepare itself for ovulation, slowly but surely.
Around the middle of the menstrual cycle, the ovulatory phase begins. An increase of lutenizing hormone or LH causes the mature follicle to grow and bust, releasing the egg. This is ovulation, and usually occurs around day 14 of the cycle. From the ovary, the egg travels down the fallopian tube where it waits to be potentially fertilized by the sperm.
The best days for getting pregnant are usually around days 11-17, the days leading up to and immediately following ovulation. Most women do not understand that the egg does not live very long in the body. If the egg is not fertilized within about 12-24 hours, it will begin to disintegrate and die.
However, the sperm can live longer in the body, and this is why some couples opt to have sex a few days before ovulation, so that the sperm is “ready and waiting” for the egg when it is released. As you can see, the simple process of understanding a little bit more about your fertility and what actually happens during your cycle can really go a long way towards helping you to understand more about getting pregnant and what you need to do.Understand your Fertility by understanding your Cycle,