The menstrual cycle is one of the most important — and frustrating — parts of being a woman. It brings the joy of motherhood alongside the pain of cramps and potential frustrations in the pregnancy process. And although we complain about (ahem, discuss) our periods often, not enough women have the information they need to make the smartest choices for their bodies.
For example, did you know the menstrual cycle takes an average of 28 days and consists of three phases: before, during, and after ovulation? Once the egg is released, it can survive up to 24 hours in the body and be fertilized by sperm. The actual period during which woman can become pregnant, however, lasts several days, because sperm can survive for that long in the female body.
Understanding your menstrual cycles makes it easier to reduce PMS, increase fertility, and recognize potential problems. By using the smart app NaturalCycles, which is as easy of taking the temperature first thing in the morning and entering it into the app, women can now track menstruation to receive specific insights and facts that help them understand their bodies and choices.
Below are 10 insights you can learn by tracking your cycle: