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4 Tips to Know Yourself Through Your Menstrual Cycle

4 Tips to Know Yourself Through Your Menstrual Cycle

Women spend an average of 35 years menstruating throughout our lives… that’s a lot of years, right? What not all women know is that the menstrual cycle is a great way to get to know each other.

We bring you the keys to getting to know yourself through your menstrual cycle: you will discover how to enhance each phase, as well as apps and recommended reading.

The 4 phases of the menstrual cycle

A menstrual cycle is a great tool for self-knowledge because it influences us, although it does not determine us, on a physical, emotional, and mental level.

Women are cyclical and, consequently, we do not feel the same way every moment. If we pay attention to our evolution, we will find many benefits and opportunities to take advantage of. Let’s see what happens in each phase.

The cycle is made up of 4 phases, and not just bleeding, as we usually believe. In each of these phases, there is a different production of hormones and neurotransmitters. The complete cycle lasts between 28 and 29 days on average.

Although many hormones contribute, the most important are progesterone and estrogen; This means that physical and emotional tendencies can be observed in the different phases, but… beware! They can vary from woman to woman.

1. Preovulatory or follicular phase

Levels of estradiol, which is a type of estrogen, rise and the egg grows and develops.

What does this translate to?

In a greater sexual desire, well-being, and pleasure. At this stage of the month, we feel better. We also rest better and the skin and hair look healthier. We are more energetic and optimistic. We feel like a change, the new, creating…

2. Ovulation

The egg follicle swells and ruptures to release an oocyte, which may or may not be fertilized.

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What does this translate to?

We tend to be calmer. It increases our self-esteem and we have more desire to be with people. We feel more beautiful and with greater sexual desire.

3. Premenstrual or luteal phase

If there is no fertilization, the empty follicle becomes the so-called corpus luteum. Progesterone begins to predominate.

What does this translate to?

Irritability and conflicts. We can also connect more with what we need to change in our lives. We become more reflective, introverted, and intuitive.

We express in a more emotional way things that already worried us. We tune in better with our inner knowing and with what we don’t want in our lives. Finally, we become more sleepy.

4. Bleeding

The corpus luteum degrades and the endometrial tissue is expelled, which is why we bleed.

What does this translate to?

This is not the time to act, this phase invites recollection and sadness. The body is making a great metabolic effort and consequently, we need to rest and be calm.

How to enhance each phase for your benefit

Although each woman and each body is different, we can generally establish the following strategies.

We can make the preovulatory phase a period of reflection and decision; our ovulation is usually a good time to express ourselves, to open up.

While we are premenstrual we can take the opportunity to connect with the things we don’t like and to which we want to put limits.

Finally, the menstrual phase is a good time to continue learning to stop and respect our rhythm.

In Conclusion

Every day is a good time to get to know each other better. Both through our body (and this includes our cycle) and through other pathways. Knowing yourself helps you focus your life and improves your relationships. What are you waiting for?

If you feel that it is time to deepen your knowledge of yourself, you can do it with me.

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Oladotun Olayemi

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