Menstrual Cycle Calculator

Your menstrual cycle is the time frame from the start of one period to the start of your next one.

A Menstrual Cycle Calculator can be used to help you calculate your menstruation.  Some women use one to know how long their cycle is, so that they can be prepared for their next period.  Some also use it as a method of birth control, but others use it to help them know when to get pregnant by knowing when they are fertile (ovulating).  In this case, that is why I’m mentioning it here as I know you want to conceive a baby.

Menstruation is the regular bleeding that women experience every month.  It is known simply as the time of your “period.”   Healthy women menstruate, but may not menstruate at regular intervals.  The bleeding that occurs during menstruation is the result of the uterine lining shedding itself when fertilization of the egg does not occur by sperm.

In order to figure out what your menstrual cycle is, you can keep notes by hand or use an online site that will calculate it for you.  You will need to know a couple of  things when calculating your menstrual cycle.

First, you need to know when your last period started.  This is considered the first day of your menstrual cycle.

Then, you want to know how long your menstrual cycle is.  This is the period of time from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period.

It can also help to keep track of how long you bleed for each period.

Do this over a period of three months.  If you are doing this by tracking the results on paper or on a regular calendar, here are some guidelines to help you.  You need to know though that this is just guidelines, and your cycle can be affected by stress, sickness, and other factors that throw it off track.  You may have heard before that you ovulate 14 days after your period starts.  This is mostly not true for most women.  So when does ovulation occur then?  The American Pregnancy Association estimates that ovulation occurs between 11-21 days since your last menstrual period, or 12-16 days before your  next menstrual period starts.

It should also be noted that you can be fertile as many as four to five days before you ovulate, and as long as 24-48 hours after you ovulate (this is because the egg can live from 24-48 hours and sperm can live for several days in your body).

There are online options, I would not simply rely on these online calculators.

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