Taking Charge of Your Fertility

Don’t let anyone steal your dream.  It’s your dream, not theirs.  
~Dan Zadra

There are SO many things that they don’t teach you in health class. There are so many things your MOM probably didn’t teach you. At (then) 29 years old, I thought I understood my body. I thought I understood my cycles and why they happened and all that. Didn’t everyone?

The short answer is no.

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If you don’t know what luteal phase, basal body temperature, LH surge and other phrases mean… you don’t know your body. I seriously had no idea that your cervical mucous’s consistency and look were indicative of where you were in your cycle. I had no idea your body temperature jumps high the day after you ovulate and stays high until (and sometimes through)  your period.

I had always been told you ovulate around day 14 of your cycle, give or take a few days. While that is the norm, it’s definitely not that way for many women, myself included. I used to think I was “safe” after the 17th day of my cycle. Guess what? My body ovulates somewhere between day 17 and day 23.  Had I known that when Huzzy and I were not yet ready for kids, there would have been an alternate method of birth control (not that it was needed since I can’t get pregnant, but I wouldn’t have known that then).

Did you know your period comes a certain number of days after you ovulate? And that number of days doesn’t change by more than a day or so? It’s not that your cycle is always XX number of days long, it’s that your period happens a certain number of days after you ovulate. Is your cycle erratic? It might not be! I thought mine was because my cycles were generally somewhere between 27 and 32 days long… but that’s because I ovulated on different days. Had I been tracking my basal body temperature, I would have known when to expect my period down to the DAY.

If these things are as foreign to you as they were to me, I’d urge you to check out the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. . As a woman, you should understand your body. It seriously changed my life. It will do the same for you. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to avoid having kids, trying to conceive, already had your kids… whatever… you NEED to know what’s in this book.

This post isn’t sponsored and I’m not getting anything from it. No one asked me to write it… I wrote it because I believe it’s that important information for women to know.

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3 thoughts on “Taking Charge of Your Fertility

  1. That book helped me so much and it helped convince my doctors to know that I did in fact need a fertility specialist. I’ve recommended that book to several friends!

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  3. I haven’t read this exact book, but I learned how to chart before I got married (the Catholic Church has classes on it!). I love that I’ve never had to take a pill every day to “manage” my fertility. I feel so confident in knowing how my body works. I really really wish they taught us this stuff back in health class!

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