Phases of the Cycle

Do you know your follicular from your luteal phase?

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 [...]

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 [...]

How Long Does Ovulation Last?

People mean different things when they ask how long ovulation lasts. While the process of ovulation itself may not last very long, the egg lives on for some time after it is released from the ovary. More importantly, women who ask about how long ovulation lasts usually want to know because they're trying to conceive. [...]

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