Menstrual Cycle: 4 Seasons With A Difference

Cramps, blood, mood swings – your period gets all of your attention, especially when you are bleeding, as it will be impossible to not notice them then.

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Your period has a significant impact on your mood, motivation and productivity, as well as your libido and your capacity for social interaction. That’s because your menstrual cycle involves more than just your period. Emotional phases that feel random are actually related to a predictable hormonal pattern, which fluctuates during the different phases of your cycle.

The 4 Phases

(Note: The example given here refers to an average 28-day cycle. Not everyone has a 28-day cycle, and this is normal.)

🩸 Menstrual Phase - The Inner Winter: Day 1 - 6

The first phase of your cycle starts with the first day of bleeding, where you will need a cup, tampon or period underwear. The inner winter sets in as all your hormones are at their lowest level and your body sheds its uterine lining. You are menstruating. You can use this phase to rest, dream and recharge your batteries.

🌷 Follicular Phase - The Inner Spring: Day 7 - 12

For some, the period ends after about a week, the bleeding stops and energy slowly returns. Almost like spring, when plants and people awaken from hibernation with the first sunshine, you too start to feel more optimistic and energetic. Time to let new ideas grow and flourish. Rising hormone levels, especially estrogen, take over as your body produces and matures follicles in preparation for ovulation.

🍦 Ovulatory Phase - The Inner Summer: Day 13 - 16

This is the shortest phase of your cycle. Your body releases an egg from the follicle, and you are fertile. Ovulation can happen between the 10th and 17th day, depending on the person. Estrogen and testosterone peak, making you feel newborn and confident. Ride the wave of energy and get active!

🍂 Luteal Phase - The Inner Autumn: Day 17 - 28

The shortest phase is followed by the longest, which can last from 10 to 16 days. Dominated by the hormone progesterone, the phase has a calming effect, giving you a feeling of inner relaxation. Use this inner peace to channel your strength and power.

Why Am I So Horny?

Sexuality depends on hormones [1]. Especially in the second phase of the cycle, mood increases as well as libido. The reason is estrogen, which is increasingly released during this phase. At ovulation, estrogen levels and the libido of menstruating people are at their highest.

However, desire isn’t just a question of biology; mental health also plays a role. Anxiety, trauma and stress can influence and disturb libido.

Since everyone is different, cycles can vary. For some, ovulation can even fall during the menstrual phase (Note: Pregnancies during this are unlikely but not impossible.) and estrogen levels can rise during the first phase.

Some feel increased pleasure during their period. Sex during this time brings benefits, such as pain relief from menstrual cramps or a shorter period. Plus, the contraction of the uterus during an orgasm can speed up the shedding of the uterine lining [2]!

Go with the Flow

Hormones are like the ebb and flow of the tide. Their constant flux impacts various areas of your life, such as:

Since you are a being of the cycle, you also flow, moving with the constant rhythm of your body. This does not have to be a burden; there are ways to adapt to your cycle and synchronize with it.

Embrace your cycle through diet, exercise, social activities, work and self-care. It’s called “cyclical living”, more than just harnessing your menstrual superpower. It’s a lifestyle and mindset meeting the needs of your body and mind.

Isn’t it great to be such a mutable being and to use our inner power to our advantage? So live your cycle and celebrate it.

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