4 keys to getting to know yourself better throughout your menstrual cycle

Women spend an average of 35 years menstruating throughout their lives… it’s been many years, right? What not all women know is that the menstrual cycle is a great way to get to know yourself.

I bring you the keys to getting to know yourself better throughout your menstrual cycle: you will discover how to enrich each phase, as well as apps and recommended reading.

    The 4 phases of the menstrual cycle

    The menstrual cycle is a great tool for self-awareness because it influences us, although it does not determine us, physically, emotionally and mentally.

    Women are cyclical and therefore do not always feel the same way. If we pay attention to our evolution, we will find a multitude of advantages and opportunities to take advantage of. We will see what happens in each phase.

    The cycle consists of 4 phases, and not just bleeding, as is often believed. 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.

    While there are many hormones that 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

    Estradiol levels increase, which is a type of estrogen and the egg grows and develops.

    What does it mean?

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

      2. Ovulation

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

      What does it mean?

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

        3. Premenstrual phase or lutea

        If there is no fertilization, the hollow follicle becomes what is called the luteal body. Progesterone begins to predominate.

        What does it mean?

        In irritability and conflict. We can also connect more with what we need to change in our lives. We become more thoughtful, introverted, and intuitive.

        We expressed more emotionally about things that were already bothering us. We get along better with our inner knowing and what we don’t want in our lives. Eventually, we become more sleepy.

          4. Bleeding

          The luteal body breaks down and endometrial tissue is expelled, that’s why we bleed.

          What does it mean?

          Now is not the time to act, this phase invites contemplation and sadness. The body exerts a great deal of metabolism and therefore we need to rest and be calm.

            How to use each phase to your advantage

            Although every woman and every body is a world, the following strategies can generally be established.

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

            While we’re premenstrual, we can take the opportunity to connect with the things we don’t like and the things we want to set limits.

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

              4 applications and 4 books recommended for the menstrual cycle

              There are a multitude of books that approach the subject from very different angles.. Some examples.

              • Period Repair Manual, by Lara Briden: This is a good header manual, it has very simple and comprehensive explanations of common troubleshooting.

              • Woman Code, by Alissa Viti: the author is a nutritionist, and in the book she talks about hormonal health, developing her own method.

              • Red Moon, by Miranda Gray: is a much more poetic reading, full of myths, legends, tales and metaphors that will make you reconnect with ancestral feminine wisdom.

              • I Menstruate, a manifesto, by Erika Irusta: the author talks about the menstrual cycle from a militant position. She is the first menstrual educator in Spain.

              Some useful applications when you learn to record your cycle are: Clue, Flo, Period Calendar and Woman’s Diary.

              To finish …

              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 routes. Knowing yourself helps you focus your life and improve your relationships. What are you waiting for?

              If you feel like it’s time to learn more about yourself, you can do it with me.

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