No matter what your end goal is, the first step of your journey starts here with fertility awareness!
Fertility (and infertility) is not random; it is the result of a series of delicate physiological and hormonal processes that begin in the brain. It all starts with the hypothalamus which produces gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) which in term stimulates the production of luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
Early in the cycle, FSH stimulates one or more eggs on the ovary to develop towards ovulation. These eggs develop within a follicle which is a small cyst-like structure. LH stimulates the developing follicle to produce oestrogen, which in turn stimulates the cervix to produce mucus. Just prior to ovulation there is a surge of LH which causes the follicle (which may be 2.5cm or more in diameter) to rupture and release the egg approximately 12-24 hours later. This is ovulation.
After ovulation, the follicle in which the egg developed collapses (corpus luteum) and begins to produce progesterone and oestrogen. The progesterone inhibits the effects of oestrogen on the cervix while also preparing the lining of the uterus for implantation should conception occur. The onset of menstruation occurs when there is a decrease of oestrogen and progesterone. At this time, the production of LH and FSH begins to increase and the cyclic process begins again.
The FertilityCare system teaches women and couples how to detect and observe physical signs that help to decipher the subtleties of the female menstrual cycle. These physical signs, or biomarkers, reveal times of fertility and infertility as well as signal any underlying gynaecological health conditions.
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