OVULATION AND THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE FOR DUMMIES

Hopefully everyone knows that I would never consider the readers of my blogs to be dummies and I was only trying to be catchy and cute (if a more mature woman can be cute!)  In any case, the reason I am writing about this is because I was inspired by a nursing continuing education course (CEU) I am completing on women’s health, titled:  Women’s Health: Contemporary Advances and Trends by Shelton M. Hisley, PhD, RNC, WHNP-BC presented by Western Schools.  

As background, I am a currently licensed registered nurse in the States of North Carolina and Ohio.  Before renewing ones RN license, there has to be so many hours of CEUs completed – each state has its own requirements.   The study I am completing on women’s health will allow me to meet the requirements in both states where I am licensed.

Back to ovulation and the menstrual cycle:  This is actually a very complex topic, since ovulation and the cyclic hormone regulation needed to ensure that this happens is very intricate and involves healthy functioning of the reproductive system.  Before you tune me out and stop reading, I promise I am not going to stand before you in a white starched uniform with a power point presentation and a laser pointer showing you anatomical structures on a detailed chart.  NO.  What I plan to do is simplify the process.  

 I would guess that most women know that you need to ovulate to get pregnant and that ovulation is part of the complete menstrual cycle.  Beyond that, unless you are a health care professional, the details may get a bit blurry.   I was perusing the Tampax website and saw an article titled:  Ovulation and the Menstrual Cycle.  What I liked about it is that it was simple, factual and complete.  Thought I would share for no other reason that I find the process interesting and think it is always helpful to know how your body functions.  

After reading this, if you want more detail or have questions, please feel free to ask away.  

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