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What were the questions most frequently asked by the MIA ladies over the last year? We have picked out the TOP 5 questions about women’s health that our MIA ladies asked in 2018.

1. Can I get pregnant today?

Your chances of getting pregnant today depend on a variety of different factors. First of all, it depends on which day of your cycle it is, if you’re on your period, expecting your period, or you haven’t menstruated yet at all; or if you’re mid-cycle. 

There are days in your cycle when you’re most likely to get pregnant: they are called the fertile window. During this time your body naturally gets ready for conception. The fertility window comprises the 5-6 days before ovulation, the day when ovulation actually occurs, and 24 hours after. You can track ovulation with the MIA app. 

Secondly, it depends on your health and your medical history. 

You want to get pregnant

You can use fertility awareness to plan intercourse for when your chances of conceiving are significantly increased. You are the most fertile around the time of ovulation, when your ovary releases an egg during your menstrual cycle. This happens around the middle of your cycle, 5-6 days prior to ovulation and during the 4 days after.  

Remember, you’re unique, and so is your body, so the timing of your ovulation can be unpredictable, even if your periods are regular. 

According to studies, only about 30% of women have a fertile window within the predicted period of the menstrual cycle. 

You don’t want to get pregnant 

Fertility awareness can help prevent an unplanned pregnancy by ensuring you don’t have sex during the time when you’re most likely to conceive. Remember that using male or female condoms do not give you a 100% guarantee of avoiding pregnancy if you have sex during your fertile window. 

Interrupted intercourse is not a contraception method, and if you have unprotected sex with interruption, you’re likely to get pregnant, as the spermatozoids may enter your vagina during intercourse before the eruption.

2. When can I get pregnant?

In fact, a woman can get pregnant at any time during her menstrual cycle, even during or just after her period if she has vaginal sexual intercourse with a man without contraception. Yet there are certain days called the fertile window when a woman has the highest chance of conceiving. 

You can also get pregnant if you have never had a period before, during your first period, or after the first time you have sex.

There's no "safe" time of the month for having sex without contraception if you do not want to risk becoming pregnant.

Yes, you can get pregnant right after your period. In fact, at this stage you are actually starting to move into your fertility window. For a typical cycle that lasts 28 to 30 days, the fertility days are usually between Day 11 and Day 21. Sperm can live for between 2 and 5 days. If your period lasts for 5 to 7 days, and you have unprotected sex right after that, you can still get pregnant, as during this time you are approaching your fertility window - when you have the highest chance of conceiving. Please note that ladies with shorter menstrual cycles have a higher risk of pregnancy if they have unprotected sex during their period. 

3. My period didn’t come. What should I do?

If you had unprotected sex any time after your previous period, keep in mind that there might be many reasons for a period delay. 

Menstruation doesn’t always work like clockwork and your period may arrive a few days earlier or later than expected. Often, periods may be late due to stress, travel, or birth control pill intake. Sometimes health issues, such as hormonal problems or diseases of the female reproductive organs might be the reason for late or irregular periods. If you had unprotected sex recently, there may be a chance that your period hasn’t come because of pregnancy.

In any case, if your period  is 7 days late, please get an over-the-counter pregnancy test and see your OBGYN to find out the reason.

 4. When is my next period going to come?

If you’re of childbearing age and you’re not pregnant, your period comes every month at the beginning of your menstrual cycle. Although an average menstrual cycle is considered to be around 28 days, its duration is individual and varies between 21 and 35 days. The first day of your cycle is the day when your period comes. If your previous period started on November 4, and the present period has arrived on December 2, then your menstrual cycle length is 29 days, from November 4 to December 1.  

The first step in determining the duration of your cycle is to keep track of your period with the MIA app for about 2 to 3 months. By doing this, the MIA app will calculate the duration of your cycle. Log any additional conditions like your mood, activities, exercise, stress, discharge, sex etc. The MIA app will show you in the built-in calendar what day of your cycle it is and when your next period is expected to come. You will also receive free daily advice with short explanations of what is happening to your body. If it appears that your cycle is irregular, please talk to your ob-gyn to find out the reason.

5. I’m sick, I’ve got bellyache… What should I do?

Bellyache is one of the most common conditions that people go to an ER for.  Almost everyone on the planet gets a bellyache occasionally. Abdominal pain may be constant or wave-like, stabbing or cramping, sharp or dull, depending on the cause. Most cases of abdominal pain aren't worrisome, and your doctor can easily diagnose and treat the problem. Sometimes, though, it can be a sign of a serious illness. 

Important organs such as the pancreas, appendix, gallbladder, spleen, intestines and liver also sit in the area between your chest and groin. A problem with any of them can lead to abdominal pain. Some of the possible causes of belly ache might be

However, if you have any of these additional symptoms, you should get medical help: fever, chest pain, vomiting, bloody stools, diarrhea, yellow skin, sudden weight loss, persistent constipation, pain during urination or if the bellyache is persistent, sharp or severe. 

When abdominal pain is accompanied by any of the above, it might be a sign of a more serious condition than indigestion. Get a medical examination immediately if you experience severe abdominal ache during pregnancy or if your gut ache is mild but long-lasting or keeps coming back. 

 

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