Your Period? It’s Key To Your Fertility

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When girls first get their period, it is usually seen as nothing more than a monthly nuisance, something that gets in the way of things, and nothing more. However, once a woman gets older and begins to think about starting a family, that is when she truly realizes that her period is actually key to her fertility. Read on to find out more.

1. Periods And Fertility

When it comes to your period, the first day is an important one. It marks the first day of your monthly cycle, and sets everything in motion for conception to possibly take place. During the first half of your monthly cycle, the follicles begin to mature and grow.

During-the-first-half-of-your-monthly-cycle-the-follicles-begin-to-mature-and-growOnce a woman reaches ovulation, the mature follicle is released, making it possible for the follicle (now an egg) to be fertilized and a pregnancy to result. If fertilization does not occur and a pregnancy does not result, the uterine lining will be shed around two weeks after ovulation. This is when a woman’s next period will result.

Periods are not just a monthly nuisance, they are an important indicator as to whether or not a woman’s reproductive system is working properly.

2. What Your Periods Mean

If you pay close attention to your periods, you can actually learn a lot about your reproductive cycle as a whole and your fertility. This is not to say that your periods can indicate whether or not you are ovulating. It is important to remember that a woman can ovulate with having a period, and she can also have a period without ovulating.

It-is-important-to-remember-that-a-woman-can-ovulate-with-having-a-period-and-she-can-also-have-a-period-without-ovulatingThe two are not synced in that sense, but they do have a lot to do with one another. A normal cycle lasts anywhere from 21 to 35 days, and anything in between those numbers is considered “normal”. However, if a woman has a very short cycle, it can sometimes be indicative of fertility issues like a lack of eggs or early menopause. If a woman’s cycle is longer than 35 days, it can indicate that her ovulation is not occurring regularly.

3. What To Know

It is very important to keep track of and chart your menstrual cycles, even if you are not currently trying to conceive. This important record of your body’s cycle can come in handy for many reasons. Likewise, if you experience issues with your menstrual cycle that are concerning to you, it is important to talk with your doctor and see what is going on.

if-you-experience-issues-with-your-menstrual-cycle-that-are-concerning-to-you-it-is-important-to-talk-with-your-doctor-and-see-what-is-going-onPeriods that are abnormally short or long, or extremely light or heavy, or have a lot of clotting, can all indicate health issues that need to be addressed. Simply but, anything going on with your menstrual cycle that seems “abnormal” to you is something that needs to be looked into and addressed with your doctor.

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Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.