This tends to be a touchy subject for some women. Menstruation. It is almost as if we are afraid to discuss that we have this. No need to fear it, we all have it. The average female starts her menstrual cycle around 12 to 13 years of age. This is “normal,” for an average female. This is the beginning of your menstrual health. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
I cannot lie, I had a hard time starting this particular subject myself, but not in fear of speaking of it, but more so the thought of what exactly do I add to this? How can I explain this without drowning it in medical terms? But I believe that I can sum this up properly and allow you, the reader, to get a good clear understanding of what I want you to take away from this.
Let me begin with the phases of the menstrual cycle.
With these phases laid out, I will gently touch base with each of these as to what is considered “normal” today.
The average period is three to five days. But please remember, everyone is different, if your period is more or less that is perfectly fine as well. Mine for example; I go for a minimum of seven days, never any less, sometimes up to ten days! This number will really all depend on how long your overall cycle is. The average cycle is between 21 and 35 days. Again, people are different – this number may be higher or lower as well. These numbers are simply averages.
The follicular phase is when cells in your ovaries group together and begin to form eggs within themselves. These are follicles. In a nut shell, the follicular phase is when estrogen is produced and you begin to pass the egg for fertilization.
Ovulation is the part that anyone with fertility problems is concerned with. This is the baby making phase of your menstrual cycle. Once a follicle has released an egg it begins to travel down the fallopian tubes and into the uterus for fertilization. During ovulation your vaginal discharge should be thicker like the consistency of egg whites. The color is not clear like normal; it has a creamy color almost. The average ovulation is 14 days prior to the first day or your next period and lasts three to five days with one day being more fertile than the others. This is not so for some people. For those that have ovulation problems, this means their menstrual health is not quite where it should be, your doctor may assist with this problem. There are tests that can be run and medications that can be given.
The luteal phase directly follow the ovulation period. The luteal phase is the remaining time between your ovulation and your period. A healthy luteal phase is no less than ten days, and generally no more than 13. If your luteal phase is less than ten days you may have a condition known as luteal phase defect. This troubles women around the world. If you have a luteal phase defect your body does not have time to accept an embryo or attachment in the uterus due to the changing of the uterine wall in preparation for the upcoming period.
Menstrual health is important in the conception of a baby. If you do not have a “regular” cycle then you may need to speak with your doctor about trying to balance things out in your cycle. This will help with the long term effects on your cycle as well as conception.
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