For a long time, periods were not talked about and were considered a taboo subject — thank goodness times have changed. It is well-known that regular menstrual cycles and periods are important indicators of your fertility and ability to get pregnant. So the more you know and the more we talk about it, the better!

Having regular menstrual cycles usually indicates that you ovulate normally, while irregular cycles usually mean that you have problems with ovulation and fertility. In addition, symptoms associated with your menstrual cycle and period such as vaginal discharge, cramps, and mood swings can be an indication of certain issues that need to be addressed if you want to improve your chances of getting pregnant.

Here are more things to know:

  • If your periods are very heavy, or if you don’t menstruate at all, this could indicate a problem with ovulation, which may mean a fertility problem.
  • Do you have cramps when during your period? Cramps may indicate an issue that needs to be addressed and this quiz will help you determine if your cramping is normal.
  • How often do you change your tampon or pad during your period? If you find that you have to change it very often this may indicate that your periods are heavier than normal and you should see your doctor.
  • The standard cycle length is 28 days from the beginning of your period (first bleeding) to the beginning of the next period. However, there is a wide range of variation, and even if your period is much longer or shorter than this, it’s probably still within a “normal” range. Find out if your cycle length is normal or if you need to get checked out.

Learn more about your periods, whether they are normal (and what to do about periods and cycles that are not!), and if they are impeding your ability to get pregnant with this quiz developed by babyMed founder, Dr. Amos Grunebaum