Today, we will discuss the second part of our 8th live class in BlueBeeOne about ovulation. Dr. Christine Marie Rubio will help us to learn and understand more about the other remaining topics. Keep on reading the article!
Myth and Truth About Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation
In the next slide, Dr. Christine shared some information about myth-busting concerning the menstrual cycle and ovulation.
Myth #1 – Pregnancy can happen if the couple engaged in sexual intercourse anytime.
Truth: A woman can only get pregnant for a few days during her menstrual cycle, knowing that ovulation lasts for only 24 hours and a sperm cell survives in a woman’s body for a maximum of 6 days. This means the chances of getting pregnant in a given month are very little.
“Some women are curious why they easily become pregnant although they only did it once. That’s because they have it during the ovulation period. It does not matter really on how many times because the most important factor that greatly influences the sexual encounter in a month is the proper timing within the ovulation period,” Dr. Christine explained.
During the ovulation phase, the hormones in our brain interplay along with our reproductive organs. Knowing the basics can help you easily understand the menstrual cycle better, especially for those who want to increase their chance of getting pregnant and who don’t want artificial contraception, as well as those who want to avoid pregnancy.
Myth #2 – Women who have Type O blood have difficulties in getting pregnant.
Truth: There are no proven studies about this. So, it is not true.
Questions and Other Reproductive Health Concerns from the Audience
In this part, we will answer several questions and concerns from the audience of the 8th live class.
Question no. 1
Hi Doc! I started my menstruation this month, October 3 but it’s like spotting or brown discharge. Then, after October 6, and I had a heavy flow, and then it ends in October 12
I suggest that you don’t wait for the heavy flow, because the maximum will be on the second and third day. You will not count on the first day. I’ve said that you may use some prescription drugs like letrozole, and anastrozole. But please, as I said, don’t take these without your doctor’s prescription. Sometimes , we give hormones like estrogen and progesterone to aid in pregnancy.
Question no. 2
When will the ovulation start exactly? Is it before menstruation or after menstruation?
Ovulation happens in between during the follicular phase. During menstruation in the follicular phase, it is the time when your egg cells develop into mature egg cells. Take note of this sequence: Follicular phase, then ovulation, then luteal phase. So, it happens in between. Simply subtract the 28 days cycle to 14 days.
“Usually the ovulation happens on the 14th day. It’s not really before or after menstruation. The most appropriate term is in between. I suggest that you try documenting your menstrual cycle and track your menstruation period,” Dr. Christine explained.
Question no. 3
How can I ovulate despite having PCOS and I’m afraid to take medicine? I am already 4 years married but not yet pregnant.
There are many factors that affect PCOS and ovulation like overweight and other issues. You need to target a normal body weight. You also need to consider the frequency of sexual contact with your husband because there are times that some of our patients have little frequency of sexual contact with their partner. Once is enough as long as you timed it right. To help you ovulate, there are ovulation inducing agents or medicines to increase your ovulation.
“I want you to know that you should not be scared because you will be guided by your doctor, especially considering your age because as we grow older, our chance of getting pregnant is decreasing. You need to have an active consultation with your OB-GYN.” In order to fully address your concern, there are many things that should be addressed, not only ovulation but your other reproductive organs like the fallopian tube, etc.
Question no. 4
If your endometrium is thick, how does it affect fertility or ovulation?
Actually, this is subjective. After ovulation, the endometrium should be thick enough for the possible embryo to be implanted successfully. However, there are other pathological issues when the endometrium is thicker than the usual. This means there is an endometrium hormonal imbalance. The first sign is that your menstruation is abnormal. If that’s the case, usually getting pregnant can be challenging. Your endometrium should be thick enough.
Question no. 5
Doc, I have regular menstruation but I’m struggling to get pregnant. I’m 9 years married to my hubby. What do I need to do?
Remember that ovulation is not only the factor you need to consider when you want to get pregnant. If you have regular menstruation, that means you also have regular ovulation. You also need to consider having your husband tested, particularly semen analysis. Sometimes, several men, the partner or husband, may have possible fertility issues. It’s important to check both partners and examine if you have problems or not. Or perhaps you have an issue in your fallopian tube.
Question no. 6
Doc, is it true that even if you don’t reach orgasm, is it still possible to get pregnant?
Yes, it is possible to get pregnant. For girls, if you ovulate during the fertile period, it is possible that you get pregnant even though you don’t reach orgasm because the mature egg cells are already there to be fertilized. For boys, it’s still possible because there is a term called pre-ejaculation, the time when they still don’t completely release their semen but in just small or moderate amounts.
Question no. 7
Is the ovulation kit accurate?
There’s no guarantee that there’s not an exact test to determine the ovulation. So, it is pretty accurate in determining if your luteinizing hormones are high. When it detects if you have high or low luteinizing hormones, more or less you will ovulate within 24 to 48 hours. It is helpful when you exactly time your sexual intercourse with your partner. If you are trying to get pregnant, you may try to use the ovulation test.
Question no. 8
I have endometriosis, Is there any chance for me to get pregnant despite my condition?
Yes, it’s not impossible that you will get pregnant. There are a lot of women who have endometriosis where there is an implantation of the endometrial tissue which can block the fallopian tube, making the pregnancy difficult as the sperm and egg cell can’t meet properly. There is a treatment for endometriosis. You need to be examined by your doctor and checked your reproductive organs, especially your fallopian tube. You should also consider luteinizing examinations as well.
Question no. 9
What is the best advice you can give to someone who has PCOS in terms of ovulation and want to conceive?
Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Take your vitamins and eat properly. Monitor your weight and keep it in the normal state. Go to your OB-GYN and ask for other treatments as well to assess your problem, like having ovulation induction medications. OF course, even if you have PCOS, you need to have regular sexual contact and right timing with your husband.
We hope that this second part of the live class about the myths and truths about the menstrual cycle and ovulation, as well as the questions and other concerns of our audience may help you in learning and understanding more about ovulation, especially if you are considering getting pregnant. If you have any concerns, we highly suggest that you visit your doctor/OB-GYN and consult them first before anything else.