We all know that ovulation occurs about halfway through your menstrual cycle. Definitely not always on day 14 as we have been led to believe, but somewhere around the middle. Right?
But what if your cycle is 40 days long? Or 50 or 60?
Well, if your cycle is irregular or on the longer side, there’s a good chance your body has attempted to ovulate once or twice before it actually released an egg. And sometimes, it’s just all too hard and it gives up and decides to try again next month.
This is called anovulation, and it happens more commonly than you might think.
And that’s exactly what we’re talking about in this episode – what happens when ovulation doesn’t happen as planned.
If you’ve been listening to me rabbit on about mucus for any length of time now, then you would know that I see it as the number one indicator of your fertility.
The key to understanding when you are fertile or not fertile relies on you being able to track the changes in your cervical mucus throughout your menstrual cycle. So what you see and feel is everything when it comes to identifying your fertile window.
And the research shows that this is really effective.
Why? Because studies show that cervical mucus is the most reliable of all your body’s fertile signs. More than taking your temperature, cramping, spotting or sore boobs, your mucus is the primary indicator of ovulation and your fertile window.
In this episode, we’re talking about your mucus plug. What the hell is it and why is it so important in determining whether or not you are fertile?
Want to know what matters more than size?
Length. (Of your luteal phase, that is)
Those couple of weeks in the lead-up to your next period are too often given a bad rap. This is when a lot of women experience those fun PMS symptoms, and if you’re trying to conceive, it’s the two week wait from hell.
But did you know that it’s the luteal phase that gives you the most valuable information about your fertility, your cycle, your overall health annnnnd (if you know what you’re looking for) it will help you to predict your period down to the day and will likely be your first sneaky-peek into pregnancy.
You’re slowly building your confidence with tracking your cycle every day. You feel like you’ve finally made sense of your cervical mucus patterns every month and it’s time to start tracking your daily body temperature too.
But your daily temperatures make absolutely no sense!
High one day, low the next. Completely all over the place and not even close to matching up with your mucus patterns.
You’re more confused than ever and wondering if maybe you’ve had it wrong all along.
In this episode, I’m talking you through how to make sense of your basal body temperature, why it’s totally normal to have some wonky readings with every cycle. And most important of all, I’m giving you permission to stop tracking it if it’s just causing headaches.
Because sometimes your BBT can be more useless than useful.
Think back to high school for a moment…
If you were going to ask someone else to do your homework for you, or take an important exam for you, you’re going to ask someone smarter than you right?
Someone who could guarantee they would get a better result than you could.
Would you consider asking someone if they weren’t as smart as you, if there was no guarantee?
No, you wouldn’t.
So why are you asking an inanimate object to tell you when you’re fertile?
In this episode, I’m getting controversial and breaking down why home fertility tests and ovulation predictor kits are a waste of your time, energy and money.
I’ll be talking about how these tests actually work and what they’re detecting to predict ovulation, because remember we can’t actually predict ovulation itself. I’ll talk about the different types of tests, what I recommend and what I don’t, and things that can make the tests less reliable for you.
Getting pregnant is not a one step process, and implantation is the final step where the fertilised egg (now called an embryo) settles itself into the lining of the uterus for a 9 month stay-cation.
When you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s normal to be very aware of your body and notice every tiny change that happens, wondering if it’s a sign of pregnancy.
The frustrating part is that so many of the early signs of pregnancy and implantation are very similar to PMS, so in this episode I’m breaking down some of the most common signs of implantation that women experience.
But just because you don’t notice any of them, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening for you.
Let’s get something straight, cervical mucus is not just discharge and it is a very good thing! You want to see mucus throughout your menstrual cycle because it’s the very best real-time indicator you have of your fertile window. It tells you when you’re ovulating so you can use this information to avoid unplanned pregnancy or conceive naturally. Mucus helps keep sperm alive and helps get us pregnant, and it protects us from vaginal infections. The change in mucus during our cycle also helps us to predict our next period and if you’re a control freak like me – you like knowing when your period is coming. Some women see cervical mucus every single day. Some only see it a few days in a month. And every single one of these women is 100% normal.
In this episode, Part 3 of the Menstrual Cycle Masterclass, we have arrived at the main event – ovulation. I’ll be sharing what happens in our bodies in the lead up to, during and after ovulation, the signs of ovulation you can look out for and how to support your body during this important window of time with nutrition, exercise and self care.
The follicular phase – the window of time between menstruation and ovulation – can be tricky. While all of the other phases of our menstrual cycle are usually quite consistent and reliable, it’s the follicular phase which can change every single month. Some women may even skip this phase completely!
Welcome to Part Two of your Menstrual Cycle Masterclass, where I’m breaking down the sneakiest of all the phases of the menstrual cycle, the follicular phase – what actually goes on inside our body, how to support your body, balance your hormones and support your reproductive system with nutrition, self care, exercise and sleep.
Get my simple 3-step system to understanding your body’s natural fertile signs and pinpointing ovulation day so that you can use this knowledge to achieve (or avoid) pregnancy
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