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Pregnancy was achieved in September 2004.
If you'll compare the Estimate Ovulation Dates with the Lunar Return Dates, you'll see that pregnancy was achieved during a month when the Lunar Return coincided or fell near the Ovulation Date.
This is something that we have seen time and time again.
The woman who wishes to conceive may become pregnant within 2 months...or it may take her 2 years. One of the patterns we've seen over the years is that the woman who achieves pregnancy within just a few short weeks has almost always decided to become pregnant at a time in her life when her Lunar Return is already beginning to coincide with her ovulation dates.
On the other hand, the woman who takes much longer to become pregnant has usually started trying to conceive at a time in her life when her Lunar Return is falling outside her estimate fertile times. Often, she does not have intercourse during the Lunar Return time until it coincides with her ovulation date, at which time she typically achieves pregnancy.
These effects are especially noticeable in the pregnancy timing of women whose menstrual cycles are 29-30 days in length. In these cases there are extended periods during which the Lunar Return falls during fertile time as well as extended periods during which it falls well outside the fertile time. Again, what is interesting is the frequency with which pregnancy success occurs when the Lunar Return coincides with ovulation and/or falls during the time in which the greatest efforts at conception are made.
Of course, not all women are trying to conceive and it is worthwhile to
note patterns that occur in the timing of unwanted or unexpected pregnancy
as well. In those cases of unexpected pregnancy in which conception took
place earlier or later than was thought possible- the "surprise"
conception was most often accompanied by the presence of the Lunar Return.
Again, the Lunar Return will fall during all times of the menstrual cycle, doing so in a predictable, cyclical rhythm, as long as the menstrual cycle itself is fairly regular. The Lunar Return time, then, will sometimes coincide with menstruation itself.
Over the years we have noticed a very interesting pattern: When the Lunar Return begins to fall near menstruation, a woman usually experiences a change in the length of her menstrual cycle.
The change in the menstrual cycle is usually temporary (affecting one menstrual cycle only), and it can be subtle (just a few days) or it can be more noticeable (such as two weeks), but it happens almost every time.
It's almost as though the presence of the Lunar Return near the time of menstruation creates a disturbance in the menstrual cycle.
In addition, menstrual cycle changes are not uncommon during those time periods when the Lunar Return has been falling near ovulation and then begins its cyclical procession in which it begins to fall outside the time range of peak fertility. Frequently the menstrual cycle will shorten or lengthen temporarily, the result being that the Lunar Return is once again falling in "fertile time".
That the body so frequently alters its own menstrual cycle length in accordance with the lunar cycle suggests that the body synchronizes itself with the Moon and its cycles.
The woman who is trying to become pregnant should anticipate changes in her menstrual cycle (early or delayed ovulation) whenever 1.) the Lunar Return begins to fall out of sync with "fertile time" and 2.) the Lunar Return time approaches menstruation itself.
When you chart your Lunar Fertility Cycle you will know when you are most likely to conceive, that is, you will know which months are most favorable for pregnancy success. If your menstrual cycles are very regular, 29-30 days in length, knowledge of your Lunar Fertility Cycle can be especially enlightening.
If you have been trying, unsuccessfully, to conceive for some time now you will probably find that you are experiencing "menstrual-lunar locking" and your Lunar Return is not falling anywhere near the time of ovulation. (This does not mean that you cannot conceive and we certainly encourage you to continue with the fertility awareness and charting methods you have been using.) The good news is that those women who experience "menstrual-lunar locking" also experience extended time periods during which the Lunar Return coincides or falls near ovulation. During these months conception likelihood is highly favored.
You will know when to expect changes in your menstrual cycle, that is, early or delayed ovulation. If your menstrual cycles are somewhat irregular, knowledge of your Lunar Return/Conception Date can be very valuable as evidence suggests that the body frequently synchronizes its menstrual fertility cycle with the Lunar Return cycle. If you experience fertility signs that suggest you may be fertile sooner or later than you normally are, you'll probably find that your Lunar Return is falling near ovulation but not coinciding with it.
Finally, and most importantly, you will know your Lunar Return/Conception Date for each month. Unless the Lunar Return is falling very near or during menstruation, you should treat this date as a possible conception time and have intercourse accordingly. Not only do most pregnancies begin after intercourse that has taken place near or during the Lunar Return, very often women conceive during the Lunar Return time- even though they thought it was too early or too late in their menstrual cycles to be fertile time.
The news that a woman's fertile window is more unpredictable than previously thought is not surprising when the lunar cycles are considered. That there is a predictable lunar cycle of fertility is a benefit to women who have irregular menstrual cycles.
The Lunar Fertility Cycle certainly appears to be the Hidden Fertility Cycle. Not only does it appear to play a role in the timing of pregnancy, the body often alters its menstrual cycle length in accordance with this cycle.
The Fertility Rhythms website provides free calendars that allow every woman to identify her Lunar Fertility Cycle:
The Free Fertility Calendar features a Conception Date Calendar that lists your approximate Lunar Return/Conception Date for each month. (See link on left to access the Free Fertility Calendar; click your year of birth.)
You can print out your Lunar Fertility Calendar. The Lunar Fertility Calendar includes a listing of your (approximate) Lunar Return dates, and space in which you can record your Period-Start dates in order to chart your Lunar Fertility cycle.
For those of you who would like to purchase precise conception time calculations, based upon the exact time of birth and adjusted for your current time zone, the Fertility Rhythms Lunar Fertility Conception Calendar™ is available.
This page updated 07/14/2005.
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