However, I didn't fully understand how fertility, conception and pregnancy work--until now. Surprising isn't it? Just because I have "the machinery,"sat though high school Health class, my mom is a nurse & former Lamaze teacher and I dig birthing shows, doesn't mean I know how it all works. The fertility basics in the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility are eye-opening.
- A "cycle" starts on the first day of your period and ends the day before your next one starts.
- "Cycles" normally range anywhere from 28-34 days. Ovulation typically occurs sometime during Day 13-22.
- The body can delay and even prevent ovulation if a woman is stressed or sick.
- Women are only fertile for a 24-hour period a cycle. Then the egg starts to disintegrate.
- There are physical signs of impending ovulation to watch for (noted in the book).
- KY Jelly and saliva can slow down or kill sperm (!!!)