Bleeding phase: You may feel tired. Indulge in an Epsom sat bath, take rest or write. Follicular phase: Estrogen and progesterone rise, and you may experience feelings of self-sufficiency. Make decisions here. Ovulatory phase: Testosterone at its peak, increased sex drive. High energy levels. Luteal phase: PMS symptoms, bloating. Take yoga class and relax.
Did you know that your monthly cycle has about 4 phases and each one is responsible for several physical and emotional strengths. In this article, I’m going to help you learn more about your cycle and how you can work around it to make it comfortable for you.
Phases of the menstrual cycle
1. The bleeding phase:
This is the first phase of your menstrual cycle. The day 1 of your bleeding is considered the first day of your cycle. In this phase, the hormone progesterone plunges causing your uterine lining to shed, resulting in bleeding. Normally, a healthy period would last for about 3-7 days. At this time, you may feel quite tired and withdrawn. You might require to take rest more than usual. To deal with this phase, commit a little time for yourself. Indulge in a relaxation with a hot Epsom salt bath or just get writing about your experiences and reflections in the past month. Limit your exercise to slow yoga stretches and walking.
2. The follicular phase:
So, this phase occurs right after your menstruation. Your pituitary gland releases a hormone called Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), which stimulates the follicles containing the eggs in your ovaries to mature. Also, estrogen and testosterone levels rise in this phase. In this phase, you might experience a wide variety of feelings related to self-sufficiency. In this phase, you should focus on important decisions and initiate new projects, meet old friends and indulge in intense physical activity.
3. The ovulatory phase:
In this phase, An egg gets released from its follicle in your ovary and will survive for 12-24 hours. Here, estrogen and testosterone levels are at their peak. You may experience an increase in confidence and sex drive. This is known to be the bets time for job interviews or public speaking. Energy levels are high so enjoy physical activity.
4. The luteal phase:
The starting of this phase is very similar to ovulatory phase. This changes as the estrogen and testosterone levels decline and the body produces progesterone. The second half of this phase might be quite difficult as you may experience PMS symptoms, bloating and anxiety. To deal with this, eat healthy during this period, take a yoga class and spend some more time alone.
Edited by Pragya Sharoff