Usha Anandi. 9 | FEBRUARY | 2021
I’ve been tracking my cycle for many years now. I love knowing that the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night is to check in with my body.
When we track our menstrual cycle we’re able to track so much more than just when we’re going to get our next period.
Rather we notice changes in our health, subtle hormonal changes you might otherwise miss.
This awareness of our ovulation cycle isn’t only important for when we’re trying to conceive a new life but also when we’re trying to conceive anything new.
When we embrace a cyclical life we’re able to bring our wildest dreams into fruition.
We can conceive projects and dreams while being supported by a balanced hormonal cycle.
AND if the intention is to get pregnant, cycle tracking can definitely help you with that too!
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I learned in school that every time you have sex, you stand a chance of getting pregnant.
And that was the last thing a teenage girl wanted, right?
Because of that fear I began taking the pill – even when I wasn’t sexually active.
I took that little pill for 5 years. Not only so I didn’t get pregnant, but also because according to my doctor, it would help me to balance my hormones and improve my cycling.
But now we know that just isn’t true.
Instead of balancing the hormone function of the body, hormonal birth control actually disrupts the normal hormonal communications.
By disrupting the communication pathways between the endocrine glands in the brain and pelvic organs like the ovaries and uterus birth control actually only works as a bandaid for a much deeper problem.
But now we know we don’t need to worry about becoming pregnant any day of our cycle. Because that’s simply not possible.
“Once people understand that women are fertile for only a fraction of the time men are, they are especially struck with the inequity of it all. So it’s particularly interesting to examine the ways in which women have been disproportionately exposed to side effects throughout their cycle. For example, there are many who will concede that while the pill was originally designed to sexually emancipate women, it has also had the effect of burdening the woman with the sole responsibility of birth control.”
Toni Weschler, Taking Charge Of Your Fertility
Instead we experience a fertile window in the days leading to ovulation and up to 24 hours after the egg has been released from the ovum.
Sperm is able to survive for up to 7 days in a healthy and receptive womb. Though this depends on the quality of the cervical fluid.
Around ovulation our cervical fluid changes. It becomes clearer, stretchier and most like egg white in texture. This is the kind of fluid sperm just loves. This fluid can be used as a ladder to climb towards the released egg to fertilize it.
However, after ovulation occurs the quality of the cervical fluid changes. It becomes drier as the luteinizing hormone and progesterone are released. Once this has occurred there is virtually no chance of becoming pregnant.
While the body initially acts as if fertilization has occurred and the body wants to protect the ovum as much as possible from the bacteria that sperm and ejaculatory fluid can contain so it closes the pathways.
The pathways that were once easy to traverse for the sperm become impossible to pass so fertilization and implantation cannot occur.
By noticing and tracking these shifts in our body we can begin to redress imbalances within our body and guide our bodies into a more regular rhythm.
When we have a regular cycle we know that we’re ovulating regularly but it can also be used as an indicator of overall health.
A regular cycle indicates that the connection between the hypothalamus and pituitary gland with the ovaries is working. And that our hormones must be balanced enough to enable us to have a regular cycle.
And the more regular our cycle is, the greater the chance of conception.
Of course, I’m not saying that when you have an irregular cycle it’s impossible to conceive. But, statistically there will be a lower chance of becoming pregnant purely due to there being less ovulations.
When we track our cycles we can begin to identify hormonal imbalances that we might be experiencing as well as knowing when we need to use extra protection if we aren’t trying to conceive.