The Director of Development Communications Network has revealed that it is very important for a man to take note of the menstrual cycle of his wife.
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Mr Akin Jimoh made this known in Lagos during an interview when his team visited journalists in Lagos State.
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He added that maternal health and relationship will be built well if a man knows the cycle of his wife.
According to him, “For every man who is getting married, you are expected to understand the menstrual cycle of the woman, as it will help when it comes to maternal health and family planning.”
“Look at issues from the perspectives of the woman; what are the changes during that period, how does the woman feel; also, look at the inconveniences.”
“Knowing a woman’s cycle will give the couple a better understanding of the woman’s ovulation because if ovulation doesn’t occur, the woman will not get pregnant.”
“It will act as a form of Natural Family Planning to help people to know when to have sexual intercourse and when to achieve or avoid pregnancy.’’
In his words, “knowing the woman’s cycle will involve keeping track of a woman’s bodily, emotional and physical changes before, throughout and after her menstrual cycle”.
“Changes occur naturally when a woman ovulates; such changes include the appearance of the cervical mucus; during ovulation, it is stretchy, clear, and slick.”
“During that period, the daily basal body temperature also changes. For some women, they may experience tenderness in the breast, backache, waist pain, while some may put on weight.”
“Also, some women go through some Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, emotional turmoil and irritability before and during this period. So, if a man does not understand these, it will affect the relationship.”
“So, it is important for the man to be involved in tracking all of these because studies have shown that when women communicate information about their cycles to their partners, it can have positive effects on relationships.’