Understanding the Female Cycle
There is no such thing as a “normal” cycle. Each woman has her own individual cycle that’s unique in its own way.
Generic scientific literature and recollections of biology lessons at school have lead most women to believe that a “normal cycle” lasts 28 days. Even in medical practices doctors frequently use a general cycle length of 28 days as the basis for their calculations.
An erroneous assumption based on this cycle duration is that the best day to conceive is the 14th day of the cycle. Most women assume that their most fertile phase is in the middle of their cycle. This is one of the reasons why many planned pregnancies fail to materialise.
A woman’s cycle is subject to natural fluctuations and changes over the course of her life.
In other words, the rhythm of fertile days and infertile days varies from woman to woman and from cycle to cycle. General and sweeping statements concerning the best time to conceive are therefore very problematic.
There are, however, clear symptoms which enable all women wanting to get pregnant to pinpoint their fertile days, when sexual intercourse is most likely to result in pregnancy.
Today, any cycle length of 23 - 35 days is considered “normal”.
A new cycle starts the first day of menstruation (period) and ends the day before the next menstruation.
The female cycle can be divided into 3 phases:
- an infertile phase at the start of the cycle
- a fertile phase around the time of ovulation
- an additional infertile phase after ovulation up to the next menstruation
Contrary to popular belief, ovulation occurs after the 14th day of the cycle in half of all cycles.
In every fifth cycle, ovulation occurs on the 20th day or even later. This phenomenon is more frequent in women aged between 20-25 who often ovulate on or after the 20th day nearly every fourth cycle.
It is important to identify your fertile days around ovulation because doing so gives you the opportunity to make love on the days when sexual intercourse will have the highest chances of resulting in pregnancy.
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Many secret weapons for gently regulating the female cycle can be found in nature and natural medicine. When you become aware of your own fertility, you learn how to interpret your body’s fertility symptoms. This allows you to calculate your personal fertility and increases your chances of getting pregnant.