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Signs of Fertility in a Woman’s Body

WomanOnMoonObservation of your fertile type mucus is the most user-friendly and culturally acceptable fertility indicator. If you are achieving pregnancy, the mucus is your best friend. If you are avoiding pregnancy, I recommend that you also learn to recognize other fertility indicators. Download out my free ebook.

Charting the mucus for info only lets you know in advance when you will begin your next menstruation. No more being caught by surprise! Although each woman is different, the time between the day of ovulation and the next menstruation is about 11 – 16 days. After charting for a few cycles, you will know how long this time is for you.

The mucus lets us know that an ovum is maturing and is about to be released into the fallopian tube. We notice it outside the vagina during our normal daily activity – such as when we go to the bathroom. At first we may confuse the fertile wetness with vaginal secretions. Vaginal secretions are part of the vagina’s normal self-cleansing process and do not indicate fertility. Fertile type mucus is produced by the cervix during the fertile time of the cycle. It is different from vaginal secretions.

If you observe and chart for a cycle, you may see how clearly your body signals your fertility. It may give you a feeling that your body is on your side, and not trying to trick you into conceiving.

Or, you may end up feeling unsure of what you are observing. In that case, keep studying the ebook mentioned above, and keep observing and keeping a chart.

Charting the Mucus Sign

1) Menstruation: Chart bleeding for all bleeding.

2) Dry Days: Chart dry on the days when you feel nothing and see nothing outside the vagina. Dry means nothing seen and nothing felt.

3) Mucus Days: Chart mucus if you feel or see something (anything) outside the vagina. You may observe something sticky, pasty, creamy, or just a wet feeling.

4) Slippery Wet days: Chart slippery if you feel a slippery feeling, even if there is no mucus visible. Slippery is an indication of the rise of estrogen. It means that the ovum is about to be released.

5) Key Day: Key Day is the last day of any slippery mucus or slippery feeling. It is the most fertile day and is probably the day of ovulation.

Knowing the signs of fertility will give you a feeling of empowerment and participation in all the cycles of Nature.

Enjoy,  Marie

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A Woman’s Cycle of Fertility

Female reproductive system

That mysterious and beautiful thing that we call our cycle of fertility begins in our brain. The pituitary starts the whole process by producing follicle-stimulating hormone, whose function is – you guessed it – stimulating follicles.  FSH travels through the bloodstream to the ovaries, where it causes a few (about 16) of the many tiny follicles there to begin ripening, or maturing.

A follicle is a ring of cells with a tiny, unripe egg, called an ovum, inside. Each ovary contains about 200,000 tiny follicles, barely visible without a microscope. As those few follicles ripen, they produce another hormone – estrogen.

Estrogen causes the cervix, (the opening of the uterus) to go through some changes.  It gets softer, opens slightly, and moves higher up the vaginal canal. Under the influence of estrogen, the cervix also begins producing fertile type mucus.

For most of us there is enough of that mucus that it flows down the vagina and we see or feel it outside the vaginal opening between our legs. Without knowing our signs of fertility, we could mistake the cervical mucus for perspiration or an infection!

Estrogen also causes the endometrium, (the lining of the uterus), to become thick, soft and spongy, forming a kind of bed that could hold and nourish a baby. Finally, estrogen signals the pituitary gland in the brain that some follicles have matured in the ovaries.

Feelings: During this wet, fertile time in our cycle, when the follicles are ripening and the cervix is making mucus,  we may feel self confident, out-going, creative, and full of energy. We may also feel less need to sleep, since adrenaline – that chemical which causes excitement, is also high at this time. This is our power time. It’s time to start new projects,  finish up the old ones. Like Mother Earth in her rainy season, we are full of potential. We may feel courageous, loving, and interested in sexual activity. Estrogen is getting us ready to have a baby, even if we do not want to have one!

So, to help stay on track, keep a fertility chart!  Charting our cycle, with its signs and signals, helps us stay aware of the waxing and waning of energy and sexual desire. It lets us harness the energy of our hormones to power our own goals—What do I want to create this cycle?—rather than allowing them to push us into places we really do not want to go.

Ovulation: When the pituitary gland receives the message that some follicles have matured in the ovaries, it produces another hormone, called leutenizing hormone, or LH. LH causes one of those ripening follicles to release its ovum into a fallopian tube – ovulation!  The ovum is moved along the fallopian tube by the cilia, tiny hairs that line the fallopian tubes. If the ovum is not fertilized by male sperm within 12 to 24 hours, it disintegrates and is reabsorbed by the body.

After ovulation, the empty follicle, which we now call the corpus luteum, lives for about two weeks, all the while making yet another hormone – progesterone. Progesterone thickens the fertile-type mucus in the cervix, creating a plug to keep germs out of the uterus in case of a pregnancy. Because the mucus is now thick , it no longer makes its way down the vagina to the outside of the body. Therefore we no longer notice any slippery wetness outside the vaginal opening.

Progesterone also causes our resting temperature to go up about 4/10 of a degree Fahrenheit or 2/10 of a degree Centigrade. Finally, progesterone prevents the pituitary in the brain from sending any more hormonal messages to begin another cycle. Progesterone continues to delay the beginning of another cycle for about two weeks, after which time the empty follicle dies.

More Feelings: After ovulation, under the influence of progesterone, we may feel somewhat deflated compared to our wet, fertile time. Like Mother Earth in her dry time, we may feel quiet and less energetic.

Menstruation: When the empty follicle dies and pregnancy has not occurred, there’s nothing left to make that progesterone that was growing the uterine lining. So the lining of the uterus is shed with menstruation.  The bloody menstrual flow contains the tissue and nutrients that would have held and nourished a baby if conception had taken place.

Even More Feelings: When menstrual bleeding begins, both estrogen and progesterone are at low levels. We may feel sensitive, solitary, or inward. “How did I spend my creative energy this cycle?

As soon as the lining of the uterus is shed with menstruation, another lining begins to grow. That is the nature of a cycle. One ends. Another begins. 

By understanding and following the natural inward and outward energies of our cycle, we develop a compassionate relationship with ourselves.

Blessings, Marie

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Nature’s User-friendly Fertility Test

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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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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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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