Womens Health

More Than One Fertility Cycle?

What if there is more than one fertility cycle? It seems the ancients really did know something about fertility and were right when it came to lunar fertility methods. And, it also seems that science is catching up with ancient knowledge through some studies that point to the fact that the ovulation cycle is not the only fertility cycle at work when it comes to conception.

Maybe the Standard Thinking is Wrong

In particular, one study done in the year 2000 at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Durham, North Carolina, discovered that the six-day-fertility-window in each month when a woman is most likely to conceive is very difficult to pinpoint. It also proved that a woman can be fertile at other times of the month as well. That's why some women get pregnant when they're sure they did not have intercourse during their time of ovulation and conversely, why some women who are faithfully following their ovulatory cycle fail to conceive. It appears that each woman has a fertile period that is inherently hers, and it isn't necessarily the standard ovulatory cycle type of period.

Lunar Fertility Re-Discovered

It is common to mainstream reproduction thought that there is only one time during the month when a woman is fertile and able to conceive. Yet, many women fail to conceive during this period. Could it be there is another fertile period in her cycle that is being missed entirely? It seems so. Dr. Eugene Jonas, a Czech doctor re-discovered the effects of lunar fertility cycles in the 1950s. His research found that there are two independent monthly rhythms of fertility: the ovulation cycle and a time during the monthly cycle when either high stress or sexual intercourse triggers "reflex ovulation", or spontaneous ovulation.

This second ovulation is related to the Moon's phases and will cause ovulation irrespective of a woman's biological or ovulation cycle. The findings showed that women's fertility peaks during the moon phase that matches the one they were born under. For example, a woman who was born during the dark phase of the moon will experience peak fertility for three days around that period of time, even if she is experiencing menses. This means there are two fertile periods per month, one the regular mid-cycle ovulation and the other coinciding with the moon phase of birth. A woman's most fertile time is when the mid-cycle ovulation matches up with the natal (birth) lunar phase.

Connections Between the Moon & You

There are some interesting connections between the Moon phases and women's cycles of fertility:

· As the moon waxes (grows larger, is more exposed) estrogen levels go up and they peak at the full moon. At the full moon, it seems there is less need for sleep and many women experience a sense of feeling alluring and sexual. It is no secret that things happen at the full moon. Although often we connect the full moon with lunacy and unexplained behaviors, it is also the time for peak sexuality.

· As the moon wanes (decreases and less of the face of the moon is seen) progesterone levels rise, preparing the womb for a fertilized egg.

· During the dark period of the moon, between the full moon and the new moon, hormones tend to be at their lowest and women need to rest more, indicating a need for renewal.

· Birth rates are lower during the three-day period at the new moon, reflecting the lower libido and sex energy during that time.

· A woman who is under high stress or has sexual intercourse during her particular moon phase (as discovered by Dr. Jonas) can bring on spontaneous ovulation.

As more research is done, the findings suggest there is more to lunar fertility that just being "old wives tales" and just plain weird. Perhaps, as time goes on, we will see more marriage between medical science and the study of the heavens.

You can learn more about the timing of intercourse, ovulation, and conception in the article in this section.

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