DATE: September 8, 2020

As we have talked to the over 3,400 patients who have come to our facility for a tubal reversal, I have noticed that many patients don’t know the first day of their last menstrual period. If you are thinking about tubal reversal I hope you give us a chance to help you, but wherever you go you need to keep track of the first day of your menstrual period each month. Infertility treatment and pregnancy management are based on the first day of your most recent menses. It doesn’t matter how long your period lasted.

a woman tracking her period

The usual range of a woman’s cycle is 24 to 34 days from the first day of one menses to the first day of the next. The only fixed period is that it’s 14 days from ovulation (the release of the egg from the ovary) to the first day of the next menses. Very few women can feel themselves release the egg from the ovary but most women notice changes in their body prior to their release of the egg. The most common symptom is an increase in sticky vaginal discharge. The hard thing to grasp is that you have to have relations before this discharge stops in order to fertilize the egg. The sperm need to be in your body before the egg is released from your ovary. This is a key component to successful conception.

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