I was asked to write a “spunky & sassy article about ovulation” for a French student midwifery journal. Here’s what I delivered:
Ecstatic Ovulation Awareness
I was 20 years old when I first experienced Ecstatic Ovulation Awareness. For over a month I took daily notes of the movement and softness of my cervix and the properties of my cervical secretions. Every morning I took my temperature and entered the data on a line graph I drew in my boyfriend’s gridded notebook. He affectionately called me his “little scientist” and marveled that none of his other lovers had ever had the incredibly practical yet radical skill of knowing when they were fertile.
Late one night, after a month of daily tracking, I felt an immense rush of energy while riding my bike down a tree-lined avenue with my boyfriend and some friends.
The moon was full.
“I’m OVULATING!!!” I shouted.
I felt electric and alive.
I felt pleasure and power.