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Fertility CalendarNoticing the fertile-type mucus (cervical mucus) is the easiest way to know when you are fertile, since it is noticed in the course of daily activity.

Fertile mucus is produced by the cervix during the days when the ova are maturing and preparing for ovulation, even if your cycles are irregular. This mucus is not only an indicator of fertility, but is also essential for fertility – since it nourishes the sperm, protects them from the natural acidity of the vagina, and guides them toward the ovum.

Here’s how to observe and chart your fertile type mucus – without buying tests or gadgets:

Pay attention to how you feel as you go about your daily activities. Just as you have learned to notice a certain wetness at menstruation, you will begin to notice a second wet time later in the cycle, a wet time without bleeding. The second wet time is caused by your fertile type mucus.

Each time you use the toilet, wipe with toilet paper both before and after you use the toilet, noticing: a) the sensation you feel as you wipe with toilet paper, b) what is on the toilet paper. If you do not use toilet paper in your culture, whatever way you clean yourself after using the toilet will be the way that you observe the mucus. Chart what you see and what you feel in any way that makes sense to you. Here is one way to chart.

1) Menstruation: mark the days of bleeding in some way, such as coloring the calendar day red.

2) Nothing: if you don’t see or feel anything outside your vagina, you can leave the calendar blank on those days.

3) Something: but if you see or feel something – anything – such as pasty or sticky mucus, or a feeling of wetness – draw a raindrop on these days.

4) Slippery something: If the pasty or sticky mucus turns to slippery mucus or a slippery feeling, color the raindrop dark to indicate the slippery wetness. A slippery sensation at the vaginal opening indicates a rise in estrogen and the approach – probably – of ovulation.

After a few slippery wet days, the mucus may disappear or return to sticky or pasty. When it does, mark the LAST DAY of slippery wet mucus as the KEY DAY, and begin to count the days when no mucus is noticed, or the mucus is no longer slippery. In a fertile cycle, the time between the last day of slippery mucus or slippery feeling and the next menstruation is between 11-16 days. You will become quite accurate about your predictions after you chart for a few cycles.

The slippery mucus time is your most fertile time, since fertile is produced during the days leading up to and including ovulation. If you are trying to conceive, use the wet, slippery days for sexual relations. (Don’t try to use this information for birth control – avoiding pregnancy – unless you seek out a qualified teacher of fertility awareness or download and study the fertility awareness book on this site www.knowyourfertility.net.

Generally speaking, dark red bleeding for about three days indicates that hormones are high enough to build a good uterine lining and nourish a fetus in the event of conception. However, more than three days of dark red bleeding can be exhausting. I recommend two or three cups of red raspberry leaf tea daily to strengthen the uterus, prevent heavy bleeding and balance hormones.

Three to five days of wet, slippery mucus 11-14 days before the next menstruation is a probable indicator of ovulation and a fertile cycle. Cycles are often 28-30 days from the first day of bleeding to the first day of the bleeding of the next menstruation.

However, irregular cycles do not indicate infertility. If the time between the last day of slippery mucus and the next menstruation is 11-16 days, the cycle is probably fertile. Even if one cycle is not fertile, the next may well be fertile.

Pay close attention to nutrition. Look for natural foods grown without chemicals. Heal your relationships with family and mate. Exercise in moderation. Drink plenty of pure water. Pray for the child you desire.

For more information, and a sample chart for fertile type mucus, download the free Fertility Awareness book available on this site at www.knowyourfertility.net. If you keep a careful chart for a few cycles and send the charts to me at mariezenack@gmail.com,  I will be glad to review your charts and make suggestions.

Blessings,

– Marie Zenack, www.knowyourfertility.net

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Dietary Fats for Fertility

healthy oilsLow fat diets, especially vegetarian and vegan diets, although touted by the diet industry, are associated with infertility. A recent study showed that women on low fat diets were likely to be infertile, while women on high fat diets had no problem getting pregnant. – Weston A Price Foundation.

Of course, it depends on the kind of fat. Butter, olive oil, avocados, and coconut oil are among the best – the kinds of fats you and your baby need. Without these fats you will crave refined carbs, which rob your body and your baby’s body of nutrients.

Your brain – and your baby’s brain – are made of fat. One of the most important fats that makes up the brain is called aracadonic acid – an omega-6 fatty acid that is found only in animal fats, such as in butter, egg yolks, organ meats and meat fats. Popular authors have warned against eating butter, liver and other fatty foods. But they neglect to tell you that the brain is 11 percent arachidonic acid. This saturated fat is really critical for BRAIN FUNCTION. The best source is butter, followed by liver.

The other thing that arachidonic acid does is create tight cell-to-cell junctures, which are what make your gut impermeable so that allergenic proteins can’t get through to the bloodstream. Colic, autism, colitis, etc, are all associated with leaky gut.

It may also be interesting to note that replacing carbs with GOOD fats in your diet will cause you to LOSE weight!! While those carbs were creating an insulin imbalance in your body and causing you to crave more carbs, the fats will be providing a concentrated source of energy. They will slow down nutrient absorption so you can go longer without feeling hungry.

We also need fats as carriers for Vitamins A, D, E, and K, to convert carotene to vitamin A, and to absorb the minerals in our foods.

The low fat diet is the great for the food industry and for the fertility industry, but you and your baby are paying the price for it. For more information on the truthfully healthy diet, see the Weston A Price Foundation.

Enjoy,

Marie

http://knowyourfertility.net

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Charting the Fertile Mucus to Achieve Pregnancy

Observing and charting the fertile-type mucus (cervical mucus) is the best way to know your fertile time if you are hoping to conceive, even if your cycles are irregular.

Cervical Mucus is also the easiest fertile sign to observe, since it is noticed in the course of daily activity. It is produced by the cervix during the days when the ova are maturing and preparing for ovulation. This mucus is not only an indicator of fertility, it is essential for fertility. Cervical mucus nourishes the sperm, protects them from the natural acidity of the vagina, and guides them toward the ovum.

Here’s an simple way to observe and chart your fertile type mucus:
Pay attention to how you feel as you go about your daily activities. Just as you have learned to notice a certain wetness at menstruation, you will begin to notice a second wet time later in the cycle, a wet time without bleeding. The second wet time is caused by your fertile type mucus.

Each time you use the toilet, wipe with toilet paper both before and after you use the toilet, noticing: a) the sensation you feel as you wipe with toilet paper, b) what is on the toilet paper. If you do not use toilet paper in your culture, whatever way you clean yourself after using the toilet will be the way that you observe the mucus. Chart what you see and what you feel in any way that makes sense to you. Here is one way to chart.
1) Menstruation: mark the days of bleeding in some way, such as coloring the calendar day red.
2) Nothing: if you don’t see or feel anything outside your vagina, you can leave the calendar blank on those days.
3) Something: but if you see or feel something – anything – such as pasty or sticky mucus, or a feeling of wetness – draw a raindrop, on these days.
4) Slippery something: If the pasty or sticky mucus turns to slippery mucus or a slippery feeling, color the raindrop dark to indicate the slippery wetness.

After a few slippery wet days, the mucus may disappear or return to sticky or pasty. When it does, mark the LAST DAY of slippery wet mucus as the KEY DAY, and begin to count the days when no slippery mucus is noticed. In a normal fertile cycle, the time between the last day of slippery feeling and the next menstruation is between 11-16 days. You will become quite accurate about your predictions after you chart for a few cycles.

The slippery mucus time is your most fertile time, since fertile type is produced during the days leading up to and including ovulation. If you are trying to conceive, use the wet, slippery days for sexual relations. (Don’t try to use this information for birth control – avoiding pregnancy – unless you seek out a qualified teacher of fertility awareness or download and study the fertility awareness book on this site.)

Generally speaking, dark red bleeding for about three days indicates that hormones are high enough to build a good uterine lining and nourish a fetus in the event of conception. However, more than three days of dark red bleeding can be exhausting. In this case I recommend two or three cups of red raspberry leaf tea daily to strengthen the uterus and balance hormones.

Three to five days of wet, slippery mucus 11-14 days before the next menstruation is a probable indicator of normal ovulation and a fertile cycle. Cycles are often 28-30 days from the first day of bleeding to the first day of the bleeding of the next menstruation. However, irregular cycles do not indicate infertility. If the time between the last day of slippery mucus and the next menstruation is 11-16 days, the cycle is probably fertile. Even if one cycle is not fertile, the next may well be fertile.  If the time after ovulation and the next menstruation is less than 11 days, pay more attention to your nutrition.  Be sure to eat a few pasture-raised eggs each day.  Take a good pre-natal vitamin – making sure that the vitamins come from a food source.

Look for natural foods grown without chemicals. Heal your relationships with family and mate. Exercise in moderation. Drink plenty of pure water. Pray for the child you desire.

For more information, and a sample chart for fertile type mucus, download the free Fertility Awareness book available on this site. If you keep a careful chart for a few cycles and send the charts to me at mariezenack@gmail.com. I will be glad to review your charts and make suggestions.

Blessings,

Marie Zenack, www.knowyourfertility.com

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Female Hormones and the Cycle of Moods

When we become aware of the fertile mucus – that wet, slippery sensation outside the vaginal opening – estrogen is increasing in our bodies. The hormone estrogen may cause us to feel courageous and loving. Men who bored us last week may suddenly appear interesting and attractive. We may be interested in sexual activity. These emotions and reactions – the work of estrogen – are getting us ready to have a baby, whether or not we really want one!

But the fertile, wet time is also our power time – a time to start new projects or finish old ones. Like Mother Earth in her rainy season, we are full of potential. We may also feel less need to sleep, since the chemical adrenaline, which causes excitement, is also high at this time.

Charting our cycle, with its signs and signals, helps to keep us
aware of the waxing and waning of energy and sexual desire. This awareness, called fertility awareness, allows us to harness our cycle to power our own goals — What do I want to create this cycle? — rather than allowing our hormones to push us in ways we really do not want to go.

After ovulation, under the influence of the hormone progesterone, we may feel somewhat deflated compared to that wet, fertile time. Like Mother Earth in her dry time, we may feel quiet, with less energy.

When menstrual bleeding begins, both estrogen and progesterone are at low levels. We may feel sensitive, solitary, or inward.

Getting to know the feelings that go along with our hormonal cycle can give us a new and sensitive relationship with ourselves.
For more information, see the free Fertility Awareness download available on this site. – Marie Zenack, www.momanddaughtertalk.com

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Artificial Light and Fertility

Artificial light may be affecting your menstrual cycle, and your fertility.

Our sleepless society surrounds us with an  abundance of man-made light – even during times we call dark. This artificial light while we sleep appears to interfere with the production of melatonin, a hormone associated with ovarian activity.
Research studies by Joy DeFelice, R.N., B.S.N. P.H.N. at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, showed that women’s cycles usually normalize when artificial light is eliminated while sleeping. Eliminating the artificial light seems to allow the hormonal system to reset itself, so to speak, and take a fresh start. Couples who were thought to be infertile have been able to conceive by eliminating artificial light while sleeping.
In these studies, couples slept in total darkness. Eliminating the sources of light usually resolved many, if not all, of the fertility difficulties. If the cycle had not normalized after three cycles in darkness, a small amount of light, such as a night light or outside moonlight, was introduced during sleep when signs of ovulation began.

Other experiments with light on laboratory rats had found that melatonin formation is on a clear 24-hour rhythm that is entirely dependent on the light-dark cycle. In continuous light, the rat’s pineal gland shrinks, puts out less melatonin, and ovarian activity increases. In continuous darkness, the opposite occurs.

These findings lead Joy DeFelice, the author of the studies on artificial light and fertility, to postulate that when the 24 hour rhythmic level of melatonin is lost due to the presence of abnormal levels of light at night, both the normal progression of hormonal events within the menstrual cycle and the normal circulating levels of each reproductive hormone can become disrupted.

Those women sleeping in darkness attained a more normal menstrual cycle and subsequently a high success rate in achieving pregnancy if no contributory medical factors were present.

My own daughter participated in this study. Her cycles were irregular and long – sometimes with no ovulation or menstruation at all for over eight months.  In order to participate in the study, she bought darkening cloth and velcroed it to the window frames. She removed the clock radio with it’s glowing clock, and rolled a beach towel into a tube to block light that might enter under the door.

Her cycles normalized within a few months, and she was able to conceive her first child. –

Blessings

Marie Zenack,

www.knowyourfertility.net

 

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