The cycle: what happens to your body every day

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Day 1 to 13:

  • During the first three days of this phase, the endometrium lining of the uterus sheds.
  • After this the endometrium starts thickening again to receive the fertilised ovum. The level of oestrogen starts to rise to help the egg and uterine lining to grow.

Day 14 to 15:

  • Your egg is mature so oestrogen spikes. Hormone called luteinising hormone peaks to tell the mature egg to rupture, this is the ovulation stage.
  • Ovulation happens on the 14th day in your 28 day cycle, this phase is most favourable for fertilisation if you are planning on a pregnancy.
  • Not all women ovulate or do so infrequently and may not have regular period.
  • During ovulation your body goes through changes, your breasts may feel tender and you get mild abdominal pains as your egg passes through the fallopian tubes; also a clear slippery mucus may be discharged. This is all your body telling of you its fertile period.
  • If you’re not trying to get pregnant be extra careful between day 8 and day 17 of your cycle, you don’t want any surprises.

Day 16 to 28:

  • The egg gets released and the empty follicle develops into a new structure called the corpus secretes hormone progesterone.
  • The hormonal change will either prepare the lining of the uterus for the implantation of the baby if pregnancy occurs or else the lining will shed in your next menstruation period.
  • During the latter part of your cycle some experience symptoms and changes such as headaches, nausea, bloating, abdominal discomfort and cramps and mood swings.
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