Have you ever wondered about how your menstrual cycle effects fertility? How does it really work and can you take advantage of it in order to overcome infertility? Because you are reading this article that tells me that you are probably suffering from some type of infertility. But what actually is infertility? I think the definition is if you have been trying to conceive for over a year without success but it’s a pretty lose and unexplained term if you ask me. Unfortunately lots of the ‘big players’ in the infertility world don’t actually want you to understand the truths behind the causes and cures to infertility – why? I will let you take a guess at that one but it might have something to do with the billion dollar drug industry that runs off millions of women being unable to conceive naturally.
This article doesn’t profess to have the ultimate answer to your infertility problem. Its not going to allow you to instantly get pregnant at the drop of a hat. But what it can do is let you realize that there are great possibilities for couples who are struggling to conceive. You are not alone in this battle, many women have overcome it before and many will continue to overcome this problem. Hope fully in the not too distant future you can have your very own pregnancy miracle testimonial but until then lets have a loot at your menstrual cycle and how it effects fertility.
Lets have a look at the 4 step process that is your menstrual cycle.
Your pituitary gland releases a stimulating hormone called FSH. At the same time in your ovaries a fluid filled sac begins to grow around an egg whilst it matures. Estrogen is produced in the ovary which tells the uterus to thicken it’s lining.
This causes the sac to rupture and in trun the egg is released into the fallopian tubes (this is ovulation).
The mature egg will then hopefully find its way to a sperm and will create an embryo. This will now travel down the fallopian tubes and find a nice home in the womb.
The remnants of the sac starts to produce progesterone which helps the embryo attach or implant to the lining of the uterus. If this fails to occur the uterine lining will break down and your cycle will start all over again.
It takes your body about 10-14 days to mature an egg and release it for ovulation. This is why most women ovulate roughly 2 weeks after their period.
Having a strong understanding of this process is very important if you are having any troubles conceiving. You might be able to find the little clues that can help you find out exactly where the process is breaking down.
As I said before I doubt that this little 500 word snippet will be able to solve your fertility problems overnight but hopefully it can start to trigger that desire and hunger for information and to overcome the sometimes debilitating thing that is infertility.