The menstrual cycle and your period are the most important aspect of your fertility. These very important functions of a woman’s body regulate ovulation and your hormones and have major influences on your fertility health.
Test your knowledge on your cycle and your fertility. Answers are at the bottom, so don’t peak!
How long is a normal menstrual cycle?
- 25-23 days
- 28 days
- There is no such thing as a ‘normal’ cycle
What is the main cause of spotting in-between periods?
- Hormonal disturbances
Can you ovulate during a period?
- No this is not possible
- Yes this can occur
Approximately how many days per cycle is a woman considered to be in her fertile time?
- 2 days per cycle
- 1 day per cycle
- 5-7 days per cycle
Approximately how long after ovulation does the egg survive for?
- 4 days
- 12 hours
- 24 hours
Which of the following is NOT likely to cause your period to be late?
- Weight loss
What is the average amount of blood loss during a period?
- A litre
How common is it to have a miscarriage?
- Every woman will have at least one miscarriage
- 1 in 3 women will miscarry
- It is really rare
What causes brown spotting before and after a period?
- Old blood
When is the first day of your menstrual cycle?
- The first day of a full bleed
- The first day of spotting
- The day after ovulation
Your menstrual cycle answers:
- How long is a normal menstrual cycle?
You may have read that a 28 day cycle is normal, however in reality very few women have a day 28 cycle. The most common duration is between 25-35 days.
- What is the main cause of spotting in-between periods?
Spotting can be caused by all of the answers! If you have spotting, it’s really important to see your doctor to have the cause of spotting determined. Spotting can also be caused by other conditions such as PCOS or fibroids.
- Can you ovulate during a period?
Although rare, it is possible to ovulate during your period. This is especially the case if you have short cycles and long periods. The good news is that you can still get pregnant even if you ovulate during your period. For that reason, if you have short cycles you may want to start having regular sex early on in your cycle.
- Approximately how many days per cycle is a woman considered to be in her fertile time?
Due to the life of both the sperm and the egg a woman is considered fertile for between 5-7 days. Sperm can live in the vagina for 5-7 days and the life of the egg is 12-24 hours. Therfore you can conceive in the 5 and possibly 7 days prior to ovulation and the day of ovulation itself.
- Approximately how long after ovulation does the egg survive for?
As above – 12-24 hours
- Which of the following is NOT likely to cause your period to be late?
Lots of factors can cause ovulation to be delayed, which in turn delays your period. However swimming is definitely not one of them!
- What is the average amount of blood loss during a period?
Many women feel that their periods are heavy as when blood is on a tampon or sanitary pad it spreads out and looks as though it’s a lot. However in reality, women lose only a small amount during their period and on average just 30-40 mls.
- How common is it to have a miscarriage?
It is very common for women to miscarry and 1 in 3 of us will do so during our reproductive life.
- What causes brown spotting before and after a period?
The majority of women will notice some brown discharge at the start and the end of their period. This is generally caused by old blood, as the lining of the womb starts to shed and then as it finishes at the end of a period. However, if this bleeding is accompanied by an offensive smell and/or occurs at any other time in the cycle, you should discuss this with your doctor.
- When is the first day of your menstrual cycle?
The first day of your menstrual cycle (Cycle Day 1) is the first day of a full bleed and not spotting.
How did you do? Are you cycle savvy or do you need learn more. Either way, I hope this short quiz has helped you brush up on your knowledge and maybe learn one or two new things.