Know Your Menstrual Cycle – Towards Efficient Family Planning
July 1, 2019 | Yesmom
Different people experience their lives, and the world around themselves, in different ways. Yet, menstruation is something that every woman experiences, irrespective of who she is, and where she belongs.
Despite the universality, however, most people aren’t fully aware of how their body functions with regards to their menstrual cycles. For instance, they don’t know what their bodies do in the non-menstrual days, to prepare itself for pregnancy or the next cycle.
To help our readers with a better understanding of their bodies, in this article, we summarize a normal menstrual cycle.
- Usually, the bleeding occurs for 3-7 days. Although the average cycle period is 28 days, it may vary from person to person. Some might even have 22-day cycles, while for yet others, it might be 36 days. Also, at times, you might have your periods a week earlier or later than your expected date.
- About 10-14 days after the first day of bleeding, an egg matures and is ready to move in the ovaries. Simultaneously, the ovarian hormones stimulate the thickening of the uterine wall, making it ready to anchor the egg in case of fertilization.
- Given that the ovulation occurs on the 14th day of the menstrual cycle, it is usually the most fertile day for those looking to get pregnant. Also, while a single sperm cell can live inside the fallopian tract for 4-5 days, the lifespan of an egg is about 24 hours.
- If fertilized, the egg attaches itself to the walls of the fallopian tube, where it remains until the embryonic stage. If not, then it disintegrates and is discharged in the form of menstrual bleeding.
Being aware of your menstrual cycle, as you now are, helps you to maintain good reproductive health, as well as, for efficient family planning.