You may never hear the term fertility awareness. It simply means learning to peruse your body's special fertility signs. This will surely help you when you are more aware of your fertility cycle, if you are having hopes to increase your chance of conceiving or want to avoid conception.
Becoming knowledgeable about your body's own rhythm also helps you to better predict the date of your next menstruation, can help you know early on if you're pregnant, and can alert you to possible unhealthy changes if you detect a deviation from your typical patterns. This body awareness can be the ultimate in early preventive health care.
Becoming familiar with your body's fertility messages involves looking at the three basic fertility signs(basal body temperature (BBT), cervical secretion changes, and cervical position. All three of these markers of fertility alter throughout a woman's cycle. By observing these changes each day, and recording them you'll start to discover your own fertility rhythm.
When you want to understand your fertility signs, it is very important that you become aware of the changes that take place in your body during the menstrual cycle. Menstruation is the shedding of the inner lining of the uterus when a pregnancy doesn't occur in that particular cycle. Your estrogen and progesterone levels are very low on the initial day of menstruation, day one of your cycle.
Estrogen levels commence to increase, stimulating the growth, or proliferation, of the lining of the uterus, in preparation for a pregnancy. Estrogen is the dominant hormone in the initial two weeks of the menstrual cycle. Around day 14 of your cycle, and immediately prior to ovulation, estrogen levels peak, triggering a release of an egg from one of the ovaries. Once an egg is released, it can be fertilized for approximately 12 to 24 hours. This is the best time to have intercourse to achieve a pregnancy.