Women's Health and Fertility Resources
Women's health and fertility is a complex, but connected, issue. Whether you are trying to conceive, pregnant, investigating fertility preservation options or approaching menopause, Fertility4Me has resources for you. We are here to provide a network of reliable information and support.
There is a huge gap between what the medical community knows and what women need. If you are struggling with a female health issue, unexplained fertility, or other medical condition, you can help other women.
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Your Reproductive Health
What you Need to Know
What is a normal period?
Maybe a little warm up for about an hour with a bit of pink spotting and very mild cramping, to let you know it’s on its way. After that, your blood should be a pinky red or cherry red (not burgundy or brown). You should have a nice full flow of about 3 to 4 pads, (organic) tampons, or diva cup, changes per day. You should not be passing clots. After 3 to 6 days, your period should slow down and simply end without any brown blood.
Menstruation in Girls and Adolescents: Using the Menstrual Cycle as a Vital Sign
Identification of abnormal menstrual patters in adolescence may improve early identification of potential health concerns for adulthood. It is important for clinicians to have an understanding of menstrual patterns, the ability to differentiate between normal
How do I know I ovulated?
Your temperature (BBT) goes up after ovulation because it has detected an increase in progesterone. Additionally, you will have an LH (luteinizing hormone) surge, which you can test via urine test strips. Lastly, just prior to ovulation, your cervical fluid will become egg-with consistency.
NOTE: Egg white cervical fluid is caused by a surge in estrogen, which can happen even if you don't ovulate. An LH surge can also give you a false positive. Thus, if you have an underlying condition like PCOS, the only way to know for sure that you ovulated is via a thermal rise in your BBT and mid-luteal phase progesterone test over 10 ng/mL.
About your Vaginal Discharge
What is normal discharge?
It is perfectly normal to have a white, light, yellow discharge with a mild salty odor
When should you see your doctor?
If your discharge has a bad smell or you feel discomfort or itchy in your vagina, make an appointment with your OB GYN
What is that stuff filling my underwear and is very stretchy?
If you have copious amounts of this discharge and it is like egg whites, it is perfectly normal and likely a sign of peak fertility
Out of Balance
If your follicular phase is long, it might be due to stress, causing estrogen to rise and fall resulting in several episodes of egg-white fertile mucus. This mucus consistency may show up if you don't even ovulate - agin, because it is triggered by a spike in estrogen.
At Fertility4Me, we are a women's health community. What does that mean? It means that we are committed to creating a culture where you can freely share, ask questions and get help to find answers. We understand that many women feel alone in their fertility journey. There are numerous barriers that can keep you quiet or isolated. There are some foundational principles that should guide your process toward seeking treatments for various women's health conditions. As females pursuing health, we can work together to promote better information, better research and better diagnostic tools and treatment options. That is the goal of this community: to make life better, healthcare more accessible and effective and give you peace of mind.
You may be here if:
You have PCOS
You have endometriosis
You have thyroid disease
You are interested in knowing about supplements that help your reproductive health
You have undiagnosed infertility
Your partner has male fertility issues
You have female fertility issues
You are seeking natural alternatives to traditional fertility treatments
You are interested in or going through IVF
You have suspicions about your progesterone or hormonal health
You are perimenopausal or menopausal
You are a teen with unusual periods
You want better options for tracking your reproductive health
You are interested in egg freezing or have frozen your eggs