Women’s fertility and overall reproductive health are important topics to understand. Without a proper understanding of how your body works, it can be challenging to understand the ins and outs of conception. Thankfully, there is ample information on the Stork OTC blog that can help you on your journey to becoming a parent.
As a starting point, it’s smart to brush up on topics like ovulation, implantation, menstrual cycles, hormones, and your cervix. These are all pretty important elements that can impact your ability to get pregnant.
Women’s Fertility: Hormones
- The female body is complex, going through many phases in the span of one month. Together, these phases make up your menstrual cycle.
- During each phase of your menstrual cycle, your hormones fluctuate, which can cause both physical and emotional changes.
- When your hormones become imbalanced, this can lead to many issues, not the least of which is infertility.
- Since the hormones in your body do so many different things, the signals they send can be confusing. Sometimes you may feel like you’re pregnant but it’s really just PMS. Or maybe you think you have a long luteal phase when, in fact, you’re pregnant.
- Different hormones affect your body in different ways. Progesterone is a fertility hormone that, when imbalanced, can cause depression, PCOS, and lack of ovulation, among other things.
Women’s Fertility: Ovulation and Implantation
- Ovulation is an important part of your menstrual cycle. If you don’t ovulate, you can’t get pregnant.
- As you go through the phases of your menstrual cycle, your ovaries begin developing follicles. These will later be released as eggs ready to be fertilized.
- When an egg is released, it will wait for sperm to fertilize it. If fertilization happens (yay!), your egg will move toward your uterus for implantation. One key part of women’s fertility is the endometrium — it plays an important role in implantation.
- Testing for ovulation can help you know when you should be actively trying to conceive.
- Sometimes, your body may not work in the way it should. This can lead to ovulation issues.
- You may not need to worry about your ovarian reserve in your twenties and thirties but as you get older, you’ll want to have this tested.
- If you have questions about ovulation, you’re not alone.