4 Simple Steps to Get to Know Your Menstrual Cycle

Authors: BabyCenter
Date: July 25, 2014

Did you know that a woman’s menstrual cycle can be as few as 21 days, or as many as 45?

Discovering your body’s rhythm is an essential part of ensuring your reproductive health. And, when you’re trying to conceive, knowing your menstrual cycle can mean the difference between conception and frustration.

Timing, after all, is everything.

So, how do you figure it out?

Fortunately, Mother Nature leaves some clues to help you know when you’re ovulating. It’s really just a matter of interpreting them. And sometimes you just need a little help from 21st century technology.

1. Is It Hot in Here?

Your body actually heats up – usually between .4 and .8 degrees – when you ovulate. Tracking this change in your basal body temperature (BBT) can help you identify when you ovulate. A specialised BBT thermometer (available at most pharmacies) can help you track your BBT and find your ovulation pattern.

Remember, the best time to get pregnant is a couple of days before you ovulate. So establishing your BBT pattern may help you plan to have sex when you are most likely to conceive.

2. Cervical Discharge

Cervical mucous changes throughout your menstrual cycle prior to ovulation, a thick, mucousy discharge will appear. When your body is fertile and ready to conceive, this mucous will change, becoming thinner and clearer.

Once through your fertile stage, the mucous will dry up and disappear.

By checking for cervical mucous daily, as you are charting your menstrual cycle, you may begin to see the changes and note the pattern. When this is tracked along with your BBT, a clear picture of your menstrual cycle should begin to emerge.

3. Tracking Your Menstrual Cycle – There’s An App for That

The FIRST RESPONSE™ Tracker APP is a FREE app that tracks your menstrual cycles to help predict your most fertile days. 

Get personalised alerts that tell you when you should expect your period and when you are most fertile.

If you do become pregnant, this app can track your pregnancy as well.

This app helps women in all different stages of their lives, whether you are planning to start a family or just tracking your menstrual cycle.

The app is available on iOS and Android.

4. Know Sooner

Your body experiences a surge of the luteinising hormone (LH surge) when you are fertile. The FIRST RESPONSE™ 7 Day Pregnancy Planning Kit detects this hormone surge in your urine. This test can help you pinpoint a 48-hour window when you are at your most fertile. The kit contains enough tests for an entire week.

Read more about the FIRST RESPONSE™ 7 Day Pregnancy Planning Kit here

Whether or not you’re trying to conceive, having accurate, working knowledge of your menstrual cycle is empowering. Being in tune with your body is just one way you can take charge of your reproductive health, at every stage of your life.