Less than 10% of cycles are 28 days

We are often told that a woman’s cycle should be a regular 28 days to be normal. Did you know that less than 10% of women’s cycles are actually 28 days long? 😮

How long are your cycles?

Now some of you do indeed have those cycles where your period arrives like clockwork every 4 weeks, but I also know that a lot of you will have much shorter or longer cycles. Regular cycles can range between 21 and 38 days. Very long cycles may indicate an underlying issue such as PCOS. Acute stress can affect the length of your cycle and extend it when ovulation is delayed.

When it comes to your fertility, whether you have a 21 day cycle or a 38 day cycle isn’t so key as long as you have a healthy cycle. These include a normal period, good fertile mucus, good ovulation and your luteal phase is the optimum length to enable implantation of a newly formed embryo.

When it comes to having blood tests to check your hormone levels, it’s very important to know when to have them. If your cycles are longer or shorter than 28 days it is very likely to mean that a day 21 day progesterone test (that mainstream doctors suggest based on a 28 day cycle) won’t provide the correct results.

Contact me to today to learn more about your cycles, know when you are fertile, monitor if your cycle is normal and when best to have blood tests according to your individual cycles.

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