Holy Hormones Honey! Thank you Kerry Hampton for speaking the truth. We have so focused on ‘reproductive education’ a deliberate social/political hot box focused on sex – and shoved menstrual health education under the rug. Understanding menstrual health empowers women. Reproductive health is disempowering and all too often governed by male voices. Please check out H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik’s and my book – ‘Understanding Your Mind, Mood and Hormone Cycle’ – it will be available on Amazon this month.
Help women conceive with better information about menstruation
by Kerry Hampton PhD, Monash University
September 4, 2012
Most couples who seek reproductive assistance are sub-fertile, rather than sterile, and may conceive naturally. But for this to to be optimised, they need to accurately time intercourse on the fertile days of the menstrual cycle.
Even for women who have a regular menstrual cycle, the timing of fertile days can be variable. There are three generally accepted methods for women to recognise the fertile days of the menstrual cycle: the rhythm (when you estimate the timing of your fertile window), temperature (based on a temperature rise associated with ovulation and mucus (based on the presence of cervical mucus in relation to a maturing egg) methods.
Most women use the rhythm approach but this is accurate only for around a third of them. Only the temperature and mucus methods are accurate enough to work with for the purpose of getting pregnant. But they often require skilled education for correct use.
Infertility affects around one in six couples in Australia, and they often turn to clinics for reproductive assistance. One in every 35 babies born in Australia is a result of reproductive assistance. In some countries the figure is higher – in Denmark, for example, it’s one in 16 babies.
But assisted reproduction technology (ART) is expensive and its success rate remains low. Most couples require multiple treatment cycles before having baby. And not all couples who are having trouble conceiving can access or wish to use reproductive technology for religious, personal and financial reasons.
Most couples having trouble conceiving are sub-fertile (rather than sterile) and may conceive naturally. Research shows that accurately timed intercourse within the fertile days of the menstrual cycle may reduce the time it takes a couple to get pregnant.