menstrual cycle


Definition of menstrual cycle

: the cycle of physiological changes from the beginning of one menstrual period to the beginning of the next

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Your diet affects pretty much everything from your menstrual cycle to your mood, so eating the best foods for vaginal health can help keep things running smoothly down there. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "The Best—and Worst—Foods for Vaginal Health," 22 Mar. 2019 The ovulation phase, or the time in a woman's menstrual cycle in which an ovary releases an egg in order to be fertilized, lasts up to two days. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "When Are You Most Fertile?," 18 Sep. 2018 For Shannon Terschluse, 30, who sought out an acupuncturist specializing in fertility after seven months of trying to conceive (and enduring long, unpredictable menstrual cycles), the sessions helped her get in touch with her body. Kristen Dold, Marie Claire, "Could Acupuncture Get You Pregnant?," 18 Sep. 2017 People in this group have around a 25 to 30 percent chance of getting pregnant during each menstrual cycle, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "Can You Get Pregnant From Precum?," 7 Mar. 2019 After age 37, a woman's odds of becoming pregnant decreases rapidly, ACOG says, and by the time a woman celebrates her 40th birthday, there's a less than 10% chance of getting pregnant within each menstrual cycle. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "When Are You Most Fertile?," 18 Sep. 2018 But, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, most ovarian cysts go away on their own after one or two menstrual cycles. Blake Bakkila,, "Doctors Removed a 50-Pound Cyst After This Woman Went to the ER for Stomach Pain," 29 June 2018 By contrast, the rhythm method relies on recording the length of past menstrual cycles to determine one’s fertile window. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Fertility Apps Are Multiplying. But Are They Reliable?," 24 May 2018 According to the Mayo Clinic, hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle prompt endometriosis lesions to become thick and bleed, so stabilizing your hormone levels may result in less pain. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How Does Endometriosis Impact Fertility?," 8 Feb. 2019

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of menstrual cycle

: the whole cycle of physiological changes from the beginning of one menstrual period to the beginning of the next

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