Going a little crazy with the blogging today, but I foresee a busy week ahead that may not allow for much online time. So, then . . . .
Hubby is taking a women’s biology class in college this semester. It has involved some interesting activities, to say the least. One thing students were required to do was track a menstrual cycle. Kinda hard if you are a male, which my husband is, so he had to find a surrogate. Enter, moi!
For the assignment, I had to take my temperature as soon as I woke up in order to find my basal temp. I did this for over a month. I had to keep track of when my period started and ended. I had to gauge the viscosity of my vaginal mucous. And, most interesting of all, I had to take seven tests for the assignment – seven ovulation tests.
I have long tracked certain aspects of my cycle, typically the day my period starts, the length of my cycles, and my moods. As a writer, I am tempted to use a menstrual cycle as the undergirding for a story. This exercise has given me further ideas along those lines, although I’m nowhere near penning anything yet.
My husband had to graph the variables of my cycle on a chart, which shows how my temperature fluctuated based on what was happening with my hormones. I am much warmer than I thought I was – at least as far as my basal temp is concerned. My ovulation tests showed that I was fertile for longer than the test box said was typical. No wonder I got pregnant so easily.
Hubby showed my chart to his prof, who said that it was a textbook menstrual cycle. (I always was a good student. 🙂 ) Little did the prof know that this cycle, which was 28 days, is nowhere near typical for me at this point in my life. It used to be – when I was in my twenties and early thirties – but it shifted to being shorter (24-26 days) in my mid-thirties.
Hubby, who is the funniest guy I know, took to calling this assignment The Vagina Chronologues. Cute, huh?