Knowing your cycle
While clinical guidelines state that a 28-day cycle is the norm, a recent study showed that only 13% of women have 28-day cycles. It varies from person to person and anything between 21-35 days is considered normal. Fall out of the 21-35 range? It might be worth a visit to your GP if you’re thinking about getting pregnant.
Understanding your cycle
- Your period – the messy bit.
- Follicular – the egg starts growing at this point.
- Ovulation – your egg is released from one of your ovaries and is (sometimes) fertilised by a sperm. Ever get a twinge on one side of your tummy in the middle of your cycle? That could be ovulation pain!
- Luteal – when the lining in your uterus grows so that an embryo can implant.
Be proactive about your fertility
If you're trying to get pregnant, why not take a moment to book a fertility MOT or book an appointment with your GP to discuss your fertility?
If you're not trying to get pregnant right now, why not think about steps you can take today to improve your future fertility? Our previous edition of Practical Fertility delves into the best and worst things you can do for your future fertility, read it here.