A woman chances of getting pregnant may become high or low, depending on her menstrual cycle. Menstrual cycle in women can be different, and the average length is 28 days. It is important to know that a woman's ovaries may release an egg, 10 to 16 days before her period starts. When a woman begins to ovulate, she becomes fertile at that time which means that she can get pregnant, if a man releases a discharge into her. Even if a man releases a discharge into a woman 5 days before she starts ovulating, she may still get pregnant. This can happen because, a man's sperm can survive inside a woman for as long as 7 days.
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It is important to know that there are up to 21 days in a woman's menstrual cycle, which pregnancy may not really occur. The days before and during menstruation, are the least fertile days of a woman's menstrual cycle. A woman's fertility increases 12-14 days before she starts menstruating, and this means that getting intimate without protection can lead to pregnancy. A woman can avoid getting pregnant by tracking her menstrual cycle, to help her determine when she is less fertile.
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How a woman can identify her least fertile days
A woman can make use of fertility awareness methods, to help her keep records of days that she is less fertile. People who do not want to have a child, can get intimate on those days. The following are some of the ways, that a woman can know when she is less fertile. They include the following:
1. Checking your cervical mucus
A woman's cervical discharge or private organ discharge changes in colour, volume and texture during her menstrual cycle. When a woman is very fertile, her mucus will appear slippery just like a raw egg. When she is less fertile, it will appear sticky and cloudy. When she is least fertile, there may be little or no mucus.
2. Using a calender
This involves using a calender to check when you are very fertile and least fertile. According to a research, people are adviced to follow their menstrual cycle for at least 6 periods, before using a calendar. This method may be difficult to use for women with different menstrual cycle lengths, and women with menstrual cycles that are shorter than 27 days.
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The best way to avoid pregnancy is abstinence or to use protection.
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