What is Normal Menstrual Cycle?

| June 7, 2011 | 1 Comment

Generally, a normal menstrual cycle ranges from 25 to 35 days, where 28 days is an average cycle for menstrual. The length of a menstrual cycle is in fact referred to as the interval between the first day of flow of one period and the first day of flow of the next period.

On average, the menstrual flow lasts for four days, but it can remain for two to seven days as well. Arbitrarily, the first day of menstrual bleeding is often considered as the first day of your menstrual cycle. However, any spotting before the menstrual flow isn’t taken as the starting point of your menstrual cycle.

The follicular phase is considered as the first phase in menstrual cycle in which the ovary prepares itself to release an egg or two. There is no set duration of this phase. This phase is followed by ovulation phase that eventually followed by the luteal phase and lasts for about 11 to 14 days. In order to conceive, the best time to have intercourse is three to four days prior to your ovulation and almost two days after the ovulation.

Basal body temperature (BBT) chart is a common practice among the majority of the women to determine their menstrual cycles. Women record their body temperatures usually at the morning time for the each successive day throughout their menstrual cycle and note the readings on the chart against each particular day. During the ovulation phase, the body temperature normally rises to the 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit for at least three consecutive days. However, according to some studies, the rise in temperature is not an authentic way to determine the ovulation because a woman can ovulate about three days before or after the rise in temperature. Some women also experience a short luteal phase in the chart as well.

Being a woman, you need to keep two points in mind: firstly, you cannot always get the exact ovulation phase using BBT; and secondly, studies at no point suggest that the short luteal phase indicates any fertility problem.

So, those women who rely on BBT to determine their menstrual cycles whenever experience a rise in temperature may likely to be ovulated already and there is no way left to conceive that month. However, BBT surely provides you enough information about the ovulation phase that becomes handy for future purposes.

Once you become aware of your ovulation phase, intercourse with your partner about three to four days prior to ovulation and have it for other three or four days. Another possible way to determine your ovulation is through urine LH kit that allows you to test your urine each day somewhere at the middle of your cycle. A change in color on the test stick indicates that the ovulation is going to occur in 18 to 36 hours time. The best to have intercourse with your partner is on the day when stick changes its color.


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  1. Cynthia says:

    This article was very informative to read.

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