Tracking Your Cycle

What Your Ava Data Means

Whether you're a seasoned fertility tracker or if you've never so much as taken your basal body temperature before, Ava provides some information that you might never have heard of before. So we put together an in-depth guide to the health parameters that are displayed in the Ava app when you sync each morning. Ava also [...]

What Every Woman Should Know About Her Luteal Phase

The luteal phase is the second half of your cycle, beginning after ovulation and ending when you get your next period. It's something most women don't pay much attention to unless they're having trouble getting pregnant (a short luteal phase is associated with difficulty conceiving and early pregnancy loss). But the luteal phase is an important [...]

What Does Progesterone Do? The Top 8 Impacts.

Poor progesterone—it doesn't get nearly as much attention as estrogen. Everyone knows estrogen as the "female" hormone but hardly anyone talks about estrogen's partner in crime, progesterone. And it's too bad, because progesterone is a super hormone with the power to help women sleep better, grow stronger, and feel more relaxed. To increase your hormone [...]

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Why You Get Constipated Before Your Period (& Diarrhea During)

If you're like most people, you're sometimes mystified by your bowels. You may go through weeks' long stretches of perfectly consistent pooping after your third sip of coffee, but then wake up one morning to find the urge never hits. You may have random diarrhea that strikes without warning, or random constipation that clears up after [...]

The One Ovulation Sign You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

If you've been tracking ovulation signs like temperature and cervical mucus, you may be surprised to learn that there's another ovulation sign that no one ever talks about: the inguinal lymph node. The inguinal-what? Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped glands throughout the body. They are part of the lymph system, which carries fluid, nutrients, and [...]