The more informed we are about the stages of our menstrual cycle, the better we can support our bodies! And because it's preferable to listen to our bodies, rather than ignore their warning signals, let's revisit the stages of the menstrual cycle; and discuss some simple tips, to fully embrace it.
Some tips for better managing the menstrual cycle.
Week 1 : The discomfort experienced during this week, known as menstrual cramps, is due to the molecules that assist the uterine lining in shedding. Here are some tips to alleviate them. Heat has a very beneficial effect on period pain. Therefore, do not hesitate to use a hot water bottle, especially at night. Indeed, heat has the effect of dilating blood vessels and relaxing muscles, thus reducing uterine cramps. If necessary, you can supplement these techniques with painkillers, taking care to seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist. Particularly avoid aspirin, which thins the blood and therefore may intensify your periods. Finally, keep moving. Being active helps to combat pain.
Week 2 : During this week, the level of oestrogen is at its highest. This is the hormone of femininity, so it's the time when one can feel the most vibrant, the most desirable. Libido is often at its peak. Take advantage of this week of good mood and energy!
Week 3 : After ovulation, the level of progesterone begins to rise, while that of oestrogens decreases. During this week, you may feel more gloomy, or more anxious. Some also report having a greater appetite. We advise you during this week to continue being active. Meditation and yoga are very good ways to channel the various emotions experienced.
Week 4 : 75% of women report experiencing pre-menstrual symptoms (P.M.S.), which are characterised by sore breasts, weight fluctuation, moments of sadness or irritation, etc... This week can therefore be challenging to endure. We once again advise you to utilise yoga and meditation to escape these symptoms, go out for a walk, breathe and stay active.