Everything You Need to Know about Cycle Monitoring

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Cycle monitoring is an important part of the reproductive process, both for those trying to conceive and those trying to avoid pregnancy. It is important to understand the process and what to expect so that it can be done effectively.

What Is Cycle Monitoring?

Cycle monitoring tracks and evaluates a woman’s reproductive cycle to determine her fertile window. The fertile window is the time during the cycle when a woman is most likely to get pregnant. Cycle monitoring involves tracking menstrual cycles, basal body temperature and other physiological indicators. It can help women understand when they are most fertile and can also be used to assess the effectiveness of various contraceptive methods.

When Should Cycle Monitoring Be Done?

Cycle monitoring can be done at any time, though it is most commonly used by those trying to conceive or avoid pregnancy. It is particularly important for those with difficulty conceiving as it can help identify potential fertility issues. It is also helpful for those using natural family planning methods to avoid pregnancy, as it can help more accurately determine ovulation and the fertile window.

What Should You Expect during Cycle Monitoring?

Generally, cycle monitoring consists of tracking and monitoring several physiological indicators, including:

  • Basal body temperature: Tracking your basal body temperature (BBT) helps you spot the signs of ovulation. A woman’s BBT generally drops right before she ovulates and then rises after she has ovulated.
  • Cervical mucus: Cervical mucus changes during different stages of the cycle and can indicate fertility.
  • Hormone levels: Testing hormone levels, such as estrogen and progesterone, can help you understand your menstrual cycle and fertility status.
  • Ovulation predictor kits: Ovulation predictor kits measure the hormone LH, which increases right before ovulation and can help predict when a woman is most likely to ovulate.

In addition to tracking these physiological indicators, cycle monitoring can also involve meeting with a doctor to discuss your menstrual cycle and receive an ultrasound or other tests. Your doctor can provide information about what to look for and advice on how to chart your cycle.

What to Expect Emotionally

For some couples, the process of cycle monitoring can cause fear, anxiety, and stress. The fear of not getting pregnant, the anxiety of not knowing the results, and the stress of taking time away from work or other responsibilities can all lead to intense emotions. Additionally, some couples may go through multiple rounds of cycle monitoring before they are successful, which can increase the intensity of the emotional experience.

It is important to remember that cycle monitoring is a necessary part of fertility treatment, and it is important to understand the emotional impact it can have. It is important to talk to your doctor about any fears or anxieties you may have about the process and to make sure you have the support you need from family and friends during this time.


Cycle monitoring is important for those trying to conceive or avoid pregnancy. Understanding the process and what to expect can help ensure it is done correctly. Cycle monitoring involves tracking several physiological indicators, such as basal body temperature, cervical mucus, hormone levels, and ovulation predictor kits. Additionally, it can involve meeting with a doctor and taking tests. The benefits of cycle monitoring include an increased understanding of one’s menstrual cycle and fertility and the ability to determine the fertile window.

Do you need help with cycle monitoring? First Steps Fertility Clinic got you covered. Dr. Fay Weisberg, a Fertility Doctor and Innovative Gynaecologist has been providing exceptional fertility services to the greater Toronto Area. Contact us today!

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