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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 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.

During the first part of your menstrual cycle, your basal body temperature (BBT) will be lower. This first half of your cycle is called the follicular phase. At this time, your ovaries are preparing for ovulation by developing follicles within the ovary which contain the egg.

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.