Menstruation is a physiological cycle that happens to all fertile women. This is needed for reproduction. It is divided into three very important phases. These are the Follicular Phase, Ovulation and the Luteal Phase. Predicting when your menstrual cycle will begin is surprisingly easy. The key is understanding each phase and knowing the duration or the average length that constitutes one cycle. This is very useful especially if you want to know when you are ovulating. To learn more about this, here are some very helpful steps that you can easily follow.
1. One of the most important things that you need to do is understanding how your body works during menstrual cycle. The first stage is the Follicular Phase, which means that the follicles that are found inside your ovary starts to mature. It then leads to the next phase, which is called Ovulation. This is the time where the matured ovaries produce eggs that are essential in reproduction. The last step is the Luteal Phase where fertilization takes place. If you are not pregnant, menstruation will come right after this stage where bleeding will start to occur.
2. The next step is determining the duration of each stages. Normally, it takes 28 days to complete a whole cycle. Here is an extensive breakdown of days for each phase:
- Follicular Phase – 13 days after the last day of menstruation
- Ovulation – 3 days (start counting right after Follicular phase ends)
- Luteal Phase – 12 days prior to the first day of menstruation (a total of 28 days)
- Menstrual period – average of 4 days
3. Now that you know and are aware of the definition and length of all the phases, you can now start counting your calendar. You should track your menstrual period by taking note of the date of the first day that it manifests.
4. Wait until it is your last day and mark it down on your calendar too. The last day of your menstrual period will be your first day of your Follicular phase. Count 13 days. Your 3-day ovulation stage will immediately begin after. Keep on counting until 12 days of your Luteal Phase is finished. Now check your calendar, you have just completed a 28-day cycle. By this time, your menstrual period should start the next day. You have come into a full circle and have successfully predicted your menstrual cycle.
5. Another way of knowing when your menstruation will begin is by looking for any symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS. Symptoms include cramps, headaches, food cravings, bloating, headache, crankiness, slothfulness and increase of body temperature. If you experience any of these things, you will usually have your period by next week.
The length of a menstrual cycle really varies for all fertile women. However, the average is 28 days. For some, it could be more or less. To successfully determine it, you need to studiously track your monthly period. This means you have to make sure that you have all your marked dates correct and that you never forget. It would also be very helpful if you consult a gynecologist to fully know your cycle duration.