Understanding your Menstrual Cycle

It is ‘that time of the month’ and you may have harboured since long, many questions about this monthly phenomenon. But either felt shy to ask people or never really found someone you’re comfortable enough with to address your doubts. This article aims to take you on a personal guided ride through the Menstrual Cycle and clarify many queries women have about the changes they experience during their monthly cycle and help them cope with the various emotions and experiences they go through.

Many women commonly refer to the term “Period” as a synonym for menstrual cycle. But in reality there is a lot more happening in your body, all through the month, which collectively forms the menstrual cycle. A normal menstrual cycle is a well- coordinated cycle consisting of simultaneous hormonal changes, and physical changes in the ovaries and uterus. Many changes in the first half of the month occur in preparation for pregnancy. In case the egg does not get fertilized, the lining of the womb (uterus) is shed causing bleeding through the vagina.

Plan your Pregnancy according to your Menstrual Cycle: A quick look

  • Days you are most likely to get Pregnant- A few days before, during and after Ovulation i;e. day 11 to 16 for a 28 day menstrual cycle.
  • Days you are least likely to get Pregnant- The days when you have menstrual bleeding. During these days there is no egg present in your fallopian tubes or in your uterus which can get fertilized even if you have unprotected vaginal intercourse.