Do You Understand Your Hormones?

Let me help you understand the basics of hormonal changes throughout the menstrual cycle in simple terms.

Understanding your menstrual cycle can empower you to make informed decisions about your health and well-being.

1. Menstrual Phase (Days 1-5):

– Hormones: Estrogen and progesterone are at their lowest.

– Your Body: Menstruation occurs as the uterus sheds its lining.

– How You Might Feel: You may experience fatigue, moodiness, and some discomfort. Self-care is crucial during this phase.

2. Follicular Phase (Days 6-14):

– Hormones: Estrogen starts rising.

– Your Body: The body prepares for ovulation by developing follicles in the ovaries.

– How You Might Feel: Increased energy and a generally positive mood. It’s a great time for physical activities and socializing.

3. Ovulatory Phase (Days 15-17):

– Hormones: Estrogen peaks, and there’s a surge in luteinizing hormone (LH).

– Your Body: An egg is released from the ovary, ready for fertilization.

– How You Might Feel: You might feel more confident and experience an increase in libido. This is a fertile window if you’re planning for pregnancy.

4. Luteal Phase (Days 18-28):

– Hormones: Progesterone rises.

– Your Body: If the egg isn’t fertilized, hormone levels start to decrease, and the body prepares for menstruation.

– How You Might Feel: Some women may experience premenstrual symptoms (PMS) like mood swings, bloating, or breast tenderness. Self-care and stress management are important.

General Tips:

– Nutrition: Adjust your diet throughout the month. Include iron-rich foods during menstruation and focus on complex carbs, healthy fats, and protein in the follicular phase.

– Exercise: Match your workouts to your energy levels. High-intensity workouts may be more enjoyable during the follicular phase.

– Self-Care: Listen to your body. If you feel the need to rest during menstruation or the luteal phase, honor that. Prioritize sleep and stress reduction.

Remember, everyone’s cycle is unique, and factors like stress, lifestyle, and health conditions can influence it. Observing and understanding your body’s patterns can be empowering.

If you have specific concerns or want personalized advice, we can always hop on a call and discuss how to utilize YOUR cycle as a super power!