There are a few things about our body we need to understand before we start trying to conceive. Once you master how your body works, you will have climbed the first step to successfully achieving pregnancy. Before we embark on this self-discovering journey, let’s discuss the absolute basics.
- Period – your monthly flow of blood, thanks to mother nature
- Ovaries – reproductive organ that produces the eggs
- Eggs – women are born with eggs in our ovaries. One or two of which will mature every month.
- Semen – the stuff a man ejaculates. It consists of millions of sperms ready to meet the egg for fertilization.
Our monthly cycle
Note: Menstrual cycle differs from woman to woman. So please don’t take this sample chart as gospel. This chart is to give you an idea of what happens in a typical month. A separate post will give you more idea on how to track your cycle.
Picture credit: menstrual-chart.blogspot.co.uk
As you can see from above, a cycle begins on the first day of your period. For some women, this can last for more than 5 days and that is actually quite normal in many cases. After your period has ended, your uterus will start to thicken in preparation for a potential pregnancy following ovulation.
Every month, your ovaries will prepare to release one or two eggs. The release of this egg is called Ovulation and it typically happens on day 14 or 15 of your cycle. (I will discuss the different ways you can use to find out your ovulation date in another post to ensure I cover as much information as possible.) When the egg is released, it starts making it’s way to the uterus. During this journey, it may meet with sperm that has traveled up to meet the egg. Only one ( in most cases) will enter the egg and fertilise it. The fertilised egg will continue it’s journey to the uterus and start implanting in the uterine wall. Once implantation has occurred, you will have achieved pregnancy!
If the egg doesn’t meet any sperm, it will continue to travel into your uterus and out of your vagina. Your uterus will now continue to thicken and begin the next cycle.
Okay, I know for some of you this may be a lot to process. Don’t worry, there are various articles online that you can read and even videos you can watch to better understand the process. Feel free to pop a comment and let me know if you have any questions.
*I am not an expert in this field. I have collated this information after years of research. Please feel free to do your own research.*