5 Obscure Phrases You May Not Know Unless You're Trying to ConceiveDevan McGuinness
I have been researching and reading a lot about fertility and how to get pregnant for over 8 years now. The whole process fascinates me — from the small window there actually is for conception to occur and the small, but powerful signs your body tells you that you’re about to ovulate. Some signs are easier to spot than others and all can give you a new outlook on your body and the whole process.
There are some phrases that are pretty unique to fertility that you may only have heard of if you’re actively trying to conceive If you’re anything like me, I like to read up and find out all I can about whatever I am about to embark on — from something as small as making a new purchase and something as complicated and important as expanding our family.
There are some obscure phrases you may not know unless you’re trying to conceive, but all are important to understand when you’re trying to make a baby.
1) Egg-white cervical mucus
It’s as gross as it sounds, but totally important to your fertility. Cervical mucus or cervical fluid is what your cervix produces that changes in texture, amount and consistency depending on where you are in your cycle. When it has the stretchy, wet texture similar to egg-whites you’re in your most fertile zone. You want to watch for it so you know that you’re soon going to ovulate. Read more about cervical mucus on BabyMed.
2) Basal body temperature
Taking your temperature in the morning, before you get up or do anything can tell you a lot about your fertility. Your temperature will dip on ovulation day and then raise riser during the time after until your cycle is about to start again. Learn more about basal body temperatures on Wikipedia.
3) Luteal phase
The period in your cycle between when you ovulate and when your next period is expected (or test day). Typically your luteal phase is the same every month and when you’re late — you’re likely pregnant. It is typically 14 days long, but sometimes shorter which could cause troubles with fertility. Read more about luteal phase on WebMD.
4) Implantation bleeding
Implantation bleeding is something we look for, but it doesn’t always happen. A small spotting of pink blood can sometimes be found after wiping when you’re about 7-10 days past ovulation. It can occur when the fertilized egg implants into your uterus and releases a small amount of blood from your uterine wall. Read more about implantation bleeding on MayoClinic.
5) Fertile window
Used to describe the time in your cycle where intercourse is more likely to result in pregnancy, it’s basically the time where you and your partner will be having what I call “chore sex”. It’s typically a window of time about 3-5 days before ovulation and the day you ovulate. It’s important to pay attention to this window so you can increase the chances of pregnancy happening. Read more about fertile window on BabyMed.
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