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Fertility and Understanding Your Menstrual Cycle

When trying to conceive is always important to understand the different phases of your cycle.

Your cycle is composed of the following phases:

  • Menses: This is your menstrual period. Your cycle begins on the first day of your full flow period. Also known as CD1.
  • Follicular Phase: During this phase your eggs mature and your body prepares itself for ovulation. You are the most fertile towards the end of this phase. The dominant hormone during this time is estrogen.
  • Luteal Phase: This is the length of time between ovulation and your next period. It usually lasts around fourteen days. If conception occurs, implantation of a fertilized egg happens about seven to ten days into this phase. If there is no conception, the lining of your uterus is shed (your period occurs) and your body prepares for a brand new cycle. The dominant hormone during this phase is progesterone.
  • Fertile Phase/Best Time To Conceive: You are the most fertile during those days preceding ovulation and the day of ovulation. The main advantage of understanding your cycles is  identifying these days to increase your chances of conception.

For more information you can visit FertilityTies

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