Menstrual Cycle

Menstrual Cycle Calculator

A menstrual cycle calculator is considered as a very handy device, particularly when it comes to understand your body and plan things accordingly. For instance, having a fair knowledge about what to expect from a normal cycle, it will become easier for you to understand the abnormalities. In addition to this, a menstrual cycle calculator also becomes handy while planning simple things like going on vacations etc.

Understanding Your Menstrual Cycle

The most important thing that you need to understand before calculating your menstrual cycle is to have good knowhow about the different phases of your cycle. Normally, there are three different phases, i.e. follicular phase, ovulation phase and luteal phase.

The follicular phase starts on the first day of your menstruation, the time when egg is formed. This phase continues until the ovulation phase starts, i.e. anywhere around 12th to 16th day of your menstrual cycle. The ovulation phase largely depends on the length of your entire cycle. Generally, a cycle ends for 28 days, though it can be shorter or longer as well.

The ovulation phase is followed by the luteal phase. The luteal phase normally occurs at the time when egg is released. It is worth noting for the women planning to conceive that the high fertility normally starts five days before the ovulation and ends two days after the ovulation.

Calculating Your Menstrual Cycle Manually

You can calculate your menstrual cycle in a number of different ways and the simplest of all is to count the days on a calendar. It is fairly an easy method as you can calculate the menstrual cycle by simply encircling the first of your last period. Usually, your menstrual cycle begins on the first day of your last period and ends on the last day before your next period. Having calculated the beginning and the ending date of your period, you can easily determine the timing of aforementioned phases in your body.

The next method through which you can calculate your menstrual cycle is to monitor your body temperature to figure out the ovulation day. What you need for this method includes a graph paper, pencil/pen, and last but not the least a basal body temperature thermometer.

To begin with, you need to create a chart that contains a label ‘Temperature’ on vertical axis and ‘Day’ on the horizontal axis. Along the vertical axis, you need to write numbers a tenth of a degree, i.e. 97.0 through 99.5 so as to record the temperature reading. On the horizontal axis, write numbers from 1 to 28 indicating the days in your menstrual cycle. You can mention any specific day on the top of the horizontal axis as January 1, 2011.

Now as the chart is ready, you need to start recording the temperature from the very first of your cycle. For your convenience, you can put the letter P under each number to indicate that you are having your period.

Record the temperature on the second day of your period exactly the same time as you recorded the previous day. However, morning time is the best time to record the temperature each consecutive day during your menstrual cycle. On each morning, exactly at the same time, take the temperature with basal body temperature thermometer and record it on the chart. Make sure that you are marking against the right day and right temperature on the chart. Keep on recording the temperature on the chart and connect the dots as well.

At the end of the menstrual cycle, your chart will help you know the ovulation day. On the chart, you will notice a 0.4 degree F rise of temperature that remained for almost three consecutive days. Remember here that the ovulation usually occurs a day before you experience a rise in temperature. Mark the day of your ovulation on the chart clearly so that you will easily notice it on the chart when it comes to calculate your menstrual cycle. Your high fertility time is usually 5 days prior to your ovulation and ends 2 or 3 days later than ovulation.

Electronic Menstrual Cycle Calculators

Other than manually calculating your menstrual cycle, there are some gadgets available as well to calculate your menstrual cycle. These menstrual cycle calculators are often commonly referred to as pregnancy calculator or ovulation calculators etc. These electronic menstrual cycle calculators work out almost the same information for you that a manual chart can provide you with, such as your ovulation day, high fertility days and the due date for your next period, and that too pretty accurately.

Majority of the electronic menstrual cycle calculators determine the luteinizing hormones in your body that help in tracking your menstrual cycle. Almost all the electronic menstrual calculators present the calculated data in an easy to understand graph format. All the information regarding your most fertility days, ovulation day and your next cycle date are accurately determined by these calculators.

Making a choice between a manual calculating and electronic menstrual cycle calculator depends on what suits you the most. If you think that you are convenient with manual chart making then you need not to spend on electronic menstrual cycle calculator, while if you want to keep you away from all the hard work of making a chart and recording readings everyday then you must opt for an electronic calculator. Whichever option you choose, both will be a great way to understand your body and plan out accordingly.

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