Despite the fact that most women get their period every month or so, it's still a surprisingly mysterious phenomenon. Many of us know approximately when it's coming and what to do when it arrives, but as far as the mechanics of how our bodies actually function, there's still plenty to learn. Shed some light on the subject by reading these eight surprising facts about your menstrual cycle. Ovulation, which lasts one to two days, refers to the phase in your menstrual cycle when your ovary releases an egg for fertilization. According to Dr. Wider, subtle changes that may happen before and during ovulation are breast tenderness, a rise in basal body temperature and an increase in cervical mucus—which are all biology's way of prepping for fertilization.
The Surprising Benefits of Sperm During Pregnancy | Parents
We've all heard the rumors about sperm—pineapple, hot tubs, ladies who are allergic. But what's the truth? We consulted the experts for the facts:. It's Fast and Furious, Right from the Start Get this: The first moment of ejaculation contains the highest concentration of sperm, says board-certified urologist Harry Fisch, M. It Sticks Around Longer Than You Think Sperm typically stays in your body for 48 hours after sex, however, "it can hang around for as long as five days to a week," depending on how "friendly" your cervical mucus is, says Fisch. Interestingly, cervical mucus protects sperm and helps it stay longer in the body around ovulation, when you're most fertile.
Primary ovarian insufficiency — also called premature ovarian failure — occurs when the ovaries stop functioning normally before age When this happens, your ovaries don't produce normal amounts of the hormone estrogen or release eggs regularly. This condition often leads to infertility. Primary ovarian insufficiency is sometimes confused with premature menopause, but these conditions aren't the same.
For many women of reproductive age, the menstrual cycle includes at least a few days of uncomfortable symptoms -- including menstrual cramps. In fact, dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation is severe enough to interfere with work or other daily activities in up to 20 percent of women, according to an article published in the February issue of "American Family Physician. However, surprisingly little evidence supports this recommendation. Menstrual bleeding is a sign the uterus is shedding its lining, something that occurs monthly for many women of reproductive age.