Currently,
I’m on CD19. My last menstrual period was a breeze compared to the last few.
 Hardly any cramps, and if I did have them they were not
severe.   This last menstruation wasn’t heavy either. 
Thank God!  I will continue taking the progesterone cream I reviewed last
week since it seems to be helping.  oh, and my cousin suggested I try black currant oil because it’s supposed to “work wonders for cramps.”  I will try that next.  I haven’t yet started up the progesterone cream again
because I need to start after I ovulate, which is a little bit of a pain in the
butt.   
As
I mentioned last week, you have to stop applying the progesterone
cream
 the day you start your
menstruation, and then begin again after you ovulate.  Starting before you
ovulate will prevent ovulation from occurring for that cycle.  If you
don’t know when you ovulate there are several ways you can figure it out. 
The most important part to figuring when you ovulate and menstruate is knowing
how long your cycle and luteal phases are.  It helps to know if you’re
trying to prevent pregnancy or get pregnant.  This way you don’t have to
rely on the “pull and pray” method .:lol:.
Here
are ways you can figure out when you ovulate

1.       Purchase an Ovulation
Prediction Kit
 (OPK) or test
strips
2.       Check your cervical mucous
3.       Chart your basal body temperature
Currently,
I use the Wondfo
one-step ovulation (LH) test strips
.  They’re easy to use and they’re
affordable.  I purchased mine from amazon.  I also have the iPeriod app on my iphone.  If you want me to review it in a later post I can, just let me know.  I can also tell when I’m about to ovulate because I get a crazy amount of egg
white cervical mucus (EWCM) around the time.  

For more information about OPK’s and LH surges read here: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/Faqs/Ovulation-Prediction-Kits–OPKs–.html

Changes
in your Cervical Mucus

As the levels of estrogen increase the cervical mucus becomes clearer, wetter and thinner, when the estrogen levels peak (just prior to ovulation) the cervical mucus becomes jelly like, pliable and elastic or stretchable, resembling raw egg white, hence the term EWCM.  Note: not all women experience this kind of mucus.  At the time of ovulation, the wet cervical mucus stops.

Ovulation
occurs (with 85% of women) on the day the wet or EWCM ceases, and (with 10% of
women) the day after the EWCM has ceased. The clear, thin, wet mucus is
produced up to 6 days prior to ovulation, this is fertile mucus. The EWCM is
produced immediately prior to ovulation, this is highly fertile mucus.

Your
cervical mucus changes with the levels of hormone present in the blood stream.
Early in the follicular phase cervical mucus is non-existent or it is sticky,
tacky, and often white, yellow or opaque in appearance.
Sperm
cannot live in an environment free from fertile mucus, but can survive for up
to 3-5 days in the nourishing environment this cervical mucus provides.
 The average life span of a healthy sperm is between 18 -72 hours however
some are still viable for up to 5 days. This means, avoid unprotected sex
during this time if you’re trying to prevent pregnancy. However, if you’re
trying to get pregnant, it’s best
to have sex every two to three days throughout your cycle (NCCWCH 2004:27). It’s more effective
than having sex only on the days you think you’re about to ovulate.  Also,
sex every two to three days improves the quality of sperm when compared with
daily sex (NCCWCH 2004: 27).

Charting
Basal Body Temperature

Charting
basal body temperature is something I don’t do. Through m research, I’ve found
that if you’re trying to catch ovulation, this is pretty much pointless because
it only lets you know you’ve ovulated AFTER it has occurred.  You will not
be able to predict your ovulation day until after several cycles. 
Before ovulation, a woman’s basal body
temperature is usually about 97.0 to 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit, although those
numbers can vary from person to person. During ovulation, your body releases
the hormone progesterone, which results in a slightly raised temperature a day
or two after ovulation — usually by 0.1 or 0.2 degrees.

Do you chart your
menstrual cycle?

Disclaimer: Information
in this post should not be considered medical advice. My experience may not
reflect that of your own. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, please
speak with your health care provider before starting any supplements.
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