We’re all familiar with menstruation and the general gist of what goes down during our period (a whole lot of moodiness and unwanted bleeding) but what exactly does your body go through during your 28-day menstrual cycle? Allow us to help break it down for you!
There are 4 phases of the menstrual cycle: menstruation, the follicular phase, ovulation and the luteal phase. The interesting part about these different phases is that their characteristics actually correspond to the seasons of the year!
Day 1 of your cycle is the first day of bleeding and lasts up to about 7 days-bleeding is caused by the tissue lining the uterus breaking down and exiting the body.This first week is considered your winter season (menstruation.) During this time your hormones and energy level are at an all time low which leads to a desire of hibernation and rest and also causes feelings of depression and irritability. Take this time to enjoy your own company and show yourself a little extra love!
Week 2 is the follicular phase a.k.a. Spring. This is around days 7-13 of your cycle and also considered your pre-ovulation phase. During this time your pituitary gland releases a Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) to help encourage the follicles in one of your ovaries to mature. In case you were wondering, these follicles contain your eggs! Emotionally, you will start to feel more like yourself again due to the increase in estrogen and testosterone levels. Estrogen not only helps to make your skin look better but it also gives a boost to your endorphins making you feel more energized and sociable!
Your Summer season is the third week of your cycle and lasts just about 2-3 days, this is when ovulation occurs. Just a few days before day 14, your estrogen levels are at an all time high which causes a rise in the level of LH (Luteinizing Hormone)-the hormone that helps the mature follicle to burst and release an egg from the ovary. From days 14-17, you are your most fertile so if you’re trying to get pregnant this is the ideal time to get busy with your significant other. If you’re looking to avoid pregnancy then it’s especially important to take all precautions because during this time all senses and sexual feelings are heightened! Summer is your best season emotionally and physically, so take this time to find pleasure in all aspects of your life.
The fourth and final week is the Luteal Phase. Just like the leaves start to change colors and nature begins it’s transition from Fall to Winter, you’ll start to feel yourself winding down again. During this phase your FSH and LH levels begin to decline and the follicle that released the egg will start to produce progesterone which stimulates the growth of the lining of the uterus in preparation for pregnancy-if pregnancy does not occur, progesterone and estrogen levels will drop and cause the uterine lining to shed, initiating your cycle and all of the fun PMS symptoms to come along with it. During this hormone change you may notice your skin starting to breakout more and your feelings of irritability and seclusion start to increase. The cyclical nature of our bodies is inevitable but you can at least do certain things to help alleviate symptoms such as taking our Good to Glow supplements to help keep your skin in check as well as our #Mood Pills to reduce unwanted feelings.
Remember every woman’s cycle is different so it’s important to listen to your body and know when to give yourself a break and when to take advantage of the boost in your energy levels!