Many women go through a menstrual cycle each month thinking it only lasts for about one week – when they’re bleeding. But a menstrual cycle is much more complex and dynamic than simply bleeding each month.
Following up on my previous post about why you should track your period cycles, I knew it was necessary to dive deeper into how menstrual hormones affect our female bodies during the month.
Did you know a menstrual cycle actually consists of four distinct phases? These four phases together last approximately one month in total (or one menstrual cycle). The phases are strikingly similar to the four seasons of the year. Just like the four seasons repeat each year, the four menstrual phases repeat each month – for as long as menstruation lasts. Research says that’s approximately 450 menstrual cycles in a woman’s lifetime!
Menstrual cycles create complex and dynamic shifts in our bodies each month. Many of my clients have initially stated they are concerned, frustrated, and some even infuriated by feeling a lack of control during their menstrual cycle. They express feeling “hormonal.”
While the term “hormonal” is technically accurate, in our society there is often a social stigma attached to it. I’ve witnessed how this social stigma (or lack of understanding) can further fuel concern and frustration in my client’s relationships, workplace, and daily life.
I support my clients to gain awareness and understanding of how their hormones are affecting their bodies throughout the full menstrual cycle. Once they have an awareness and understanding, the phases and fluctuations make more sense. From here, we look at how to make healthy dietary and lifestyle choices to sync up with each phase, so they can feel their best all month long!
Hormones are the drivers of each of the four phases within the menstrual cycle. The hormones from each phase can affect a woman’s body, mood, energy and exercise levels, sex life, and the foods she should consume in order to support her health.
Awareness of the dynamic hormonal shifts throughout your menstrual cycle is fundamental to understanding what it means to feel “hormonal.” As women, we’ll be experiencing this hormonal cycle approximately 450 times in our lives! Knowing how these hormone shifts affect each of our female bodies every month can truly help us women to maintain balance.
Just as I encourage my clients, I would encourage every woman to get to get to know each phase of her cycle intimately. Knowing your body in this way can empower you to make healthy dietary and lifestyle choices for your body, and feel your best throughout the month.
Now, you’re probably wondering what these phases are and how can I get this information to start having a better relationship with my period.
My online workshops are coming soon with all of this information and so much more! For now, start tracking your period so you’ll be ready to take full advantage of the workshop. If you can’t wait for the workshop, then it may be time for you to look into my personalized Health Coaching program where I can personally support you. My consultations are complimentary – you’ve got nothing to lose, so let’s have a chat!