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Keeping A Reproductive Health Journal

From Maiden to Crone - Keeping track of your reproductive health will help you in many ways during your fertility journey.

Your fertility journey begins before you are even born. While still in your mothers' womb, your ovaries and eggs formed. You were born with all of the eggs that you will ever have. When you reach menarche your body becomes able to conceive and bear children. In general, one of your two ovaries will release one ripe egg every month. If that egg is fertilized by a sperm provided by a male and implants in the lining of your womb, you will become pregnant and move from maiden to mother. If this does not happen, the lining of your womb will be shed during your period, a new lining will form, and the cycle will happen again.

Keeping a Reproductive Health Journal is something every girl and woman should do. From a medical history point of view it can help you when going to a medical practitioner. From a personal point of view it can help you when trying to become a mother. In your later years it can help you teach others who are just entering on their own fertility journey.

Your own mother can start your journal when you are born. Then you can start making your own entries when your breasts begin to grow. That is usually the first sign that the active fertility part of your journey is starting. Record when you first notice them growing. Keep track of their size and the changes in your areolas and nipples as they grow. Record when you start getting pubic hair, and finally record when your first period starts. That should be some time around 2 to 2 1/2 years after your breasts first begin to grow.

Keep track of the date when every one of your periods starts and when they stop. Knowing this information will help you be ready for the best times to have sexual intercourse to get pregnant, as well as knowing when you need to use protection if you do not want to become pregnant.

To learn more about your fertility cycle, visit our Fertility and Conception page.

Some girls can actually tell when they ovulate. If you are sensitive and in-tune with your body you may feel a very quick but sharp pain low in your abdomen/pelvis on one side or the other when the ripe follicle on your ovary bursts and releases an egg. If you feel this, record in your journal when you felt it and on which side.

You can also record any sexual experiences you have. Some even keep track of masturbation experiences and orgasms.

Record any visits you have with your doctor or gynaecologist. Make note of any issues or questions you may have, and record the answers to those questions.

When you become pregnant you can use your journal to keep a daily record of experiences. Make sure that you include when your belly starts to show, when you feel the baby move, changes in the size of your breasts and color and size of your areolas and nipples, and when you start to produce colostrum and lactate. Record your doctor or midwife visits, any measurements or recordings they give you, and note any feelings that come to mind or questions you may have, and the answers to those quesitons.

After you have given birth you can again keep track of when your periods resume, when you stop lactating, and everything you did before.

Eventually you will reach menopause. The journal will also help you keep track of this process.

In your later years having this information in your history can help if you face medical issues such as cancers of the breast or reproductive organs, and can help your children to understand their own bodies better as it gives them an idea of what your fertility journey was like, since their fertility journey may be similar.

You can keep a separate journal or include this in your regular journal or grimoire You may also elect to keep it electronically. In this case, keeping backup copies is strongly recommended.

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