It seems there may be a "fertility awareness gap" among women, according to Australian researchers. A new survey, published in the International Journal of Advanced Nursing, finds that the majority of women don't know when they are fertile and when they are most likely to get pregnant.
Researchers at Monash University surveyed 204 infertile women seeking fertility assistance at two fertility clinics in Melbourne. Only 13 percent could correctly identify which specific days of their menstrual cycle that they were fertile and could become pregnant; however 68 percent of the women believed they had accurately timed intercourse within the fertile days of their menstrual cycle before seeking help from a fertility doctor.
So, the majority of the women seeking fertility treatment had insufficient knowledge of when to time sex to optimize natural conception. The researchers ay that this kind of poor fertility awareness could be a contributing to infertility.
Are you feeling that urge to go shopping or have a pedicure? It's probably your fertile time!
Shopping for potato chips and groceries? It's probably not.
A new study out of Concordia University in Montreal suggests that the hormonal fluctuations that come with a woman's menstrual cycle affect shopping and eating patterns. the study was published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.
The scientists selected 59 women to keep detailed diaries on their beauty routine, clothing choices, calorie consumption and shopping purchases over the course of 35 days. They also kept track of activities such as sunbathing and eating high calorie foods.
When researchers analyzed the data, they found that there were distinct patterns in women's behavior.
The overall goal of charting your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is to find out if and when you are ovulating. BBT is the temperature of your body at rest. A special BBT thermometer, the most precise thermometer available, can record your temperature to the tenth degree. To determine your BBT you must take your temperature first thing in the morning, before you get out of bed, eat, drink or go the bathroom. This will yield the most accurate results.
The exact time when a woman ovulates depends on the length of her menstrual cycle . Women with a 28-day cycle generally ovulate around days 13 to 15, but there are some signs that might help you determine when you are ovulating.
Amenorrhea simply means the absence of menstruation (one or more missed menstrual periods), and it can be caused by a variety of things, including problems with the reproductive organs or hormones. Hypothalamic amenorrhea is amenorrhea due to a problem involving the hypothalamus, which is the portion of the brain that links the nervous system to the endocrine system via the pituitary gland.
There are only a few days each menstrual cycle that you can get pregnant. Charting your fertility signs can help you find those days so that you can maximize your intercourse timing to increase your chances of conception each cycle. It can also help you make sense of your entire cycle. Even if you do not get pregnant in a given cycle, what you learn from charting your fertility signs that cycle will help you increase your chances in future cycles.