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Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation

Understanding your monthly menstrual cycle and ovulation will give you important information when trying to conceive.

Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Articles

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.

Why is My BBT Important?

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.

Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Videos

What is a Regular Menstrual Cycle?

Dr. Jane Frederick, a fertility doctor with HRC Fertility, explains the phases of the menstrual cycle and what constitutes a "regular" menstrual cycle.

How Do I Know if I Am Ovulating?

A regular menstrual period is a good indication you are ovulating, according to Dr. Eric Flisser, a New York fertility doctor with Reproductive Medicine Associates (RMA) of New York. In addition, certain blood tests and ovulation predictor kits can help determine if you are ovulating.