Preparing to conceive – a regular menstrual cycle

One of the things you see mentioned often in a traditional Chinese medicine gynaecology textbook, is the term “Regulating the Cycle”. This refers to the ideal of a 28 day menstrual cycle (give or take a few days), and a regular ovulation occurring around the middle of that cycle. Achieving this ideal is one of the first aims of much TCM treatment carried out in gynaecology departments in hospitals in China. A regular menstrual cycle can be an indicator of good ovary function and good hormone balance.