I grew up with irregular cycles. I would go months without a period. My doctor often reassured me that wild swings in cycle length is “normal” for a newly menstruating girl, which is true. But what I wish she would have told me is that if it continued past the first couple of years there might be something amiss.
When I was 25, I was ready to explore different methods of *birth control. While researching new options, I stumbled across the Fertility Awareness Method (not to be confused with the Rhythm Method). If you are unfamiliar, I won’t go too much into detail here, but one of the signs that can help you predict ovulation is to monitor the changes in your cervix.
Many of us took a class in grade school, or, at least you will, where we learned the correct anatomical names of our reproductive organs, squirmed in our seats as the teacher held up colorful diagrams of a flaccid penis and tried not to laugh when we were lectured to about the changes that occur during the puberty.
Imagine a world in which your period and menstrual cycle were no longer a mystery: in this world you know the exact day your bleeding will begin, you are able to validate your PMS symptoms by understanding the changes your body goes through each cycle, and you know not only when something is “off,” but how to fix it, too.