Phase 1:
Most women think they know when their first cycle day is, but they're actually wrong!

Do you know?
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Phase 2:
Follicular Phase
Have you ever noticed that you feel pretty great after menstruation is finished?

Believe it or not, you can thank your hormones for that!
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Phase 3:
For those of us trying to get pregnant, this is the phase we have all found ourselves waiting for.

Unfortunately, figuring out the timing can be difficult - do you know what to look for?
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Phase 4:
Luteal Phase
It's a bad joke at this point, but it's true: you're hormonal!

The hormones released during the luteal phase can affect you both physically and mentally - are you prepared?
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There are four phases that characterize a woman’s cycle: menstruation, the follicular phase, ovulation and the luteal phase.

The average monthly cycle is between 28 to 35 days, although it is possible for some women to experience longer or shorter cycles. If you are concerned about the length of your cycle, it is important to speak with your OBGYN – they can order bloodwork to determine whether there are underlying fertility issues.

Generally speaking, the phases last through the following cycle days (CD):

CD 1-7: Menstruation
Uterine lining from your previous ovulation phase is shed and follicles begin to develop in preparation of your next ovulation phase.

CD 1-11: Follicular Phase
Your hormone levels rise to help develop follicles and thicken the uterine lining.

CD 12-17: Ovulation
You will experience a peak surge of luteinizing hormone (LH) which will trigger the main follicle to release its egg for fertilization within the next 24-36 hours (on average).

CD 18-28+: Luteal Phase
The released egg travels to the uterus to either implant or be released during your next menstrual cycle.

To help you track and better understand your monthly cycle, we have created a very handy pair of charts free for your use to download and print – it’s great for hole punching to keep in your daily planner (may need folding) or for your TTC journey journal!

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