Miller, Ruth
June 2000
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Summer2000, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p139
Academic Journal
The author work in a birth control clinic. It's interesting but sometimes frustrating work. One day a young woman came in upset and angry about a "discharge" she had that she didn't like and wanted to get rid of. At clinic author rarely meet women, young or old, who understand their fertility and what happens during the menstrual cycle. They all know about the blood, although not always why they bleed. But few know anything about what happens between periods. Why have we kept this information from young women? Why do we say things like "you can get pregnant at any lime of the month"? the author guess it's to encourage young people to use protection when they have sex. Another reason we say you can get pregnant any time of the month is because we don't have enough information ourselves and we are afraid to share what we have lest it be misinterpreted. An interesting article in the "British Medical Journal" recently proclaimed that women's "fertile window" is unpredictable. Their conclusion was that even when women considered their cycles "regular" their ovulation could be unpredictable in any given month. Their advice to women was not to rely on calendar dates to determine their fertile window, but not once in the entire article did the authors mention that the "fertile window" had to do with cervical mucus.


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