The Ultimate Guide to Your Menstrual Cycle
Did you know, we’ve been blogging for 6 months, now?
We can’t believe how quickly time has flown!
In fact, we’ve been thinking a lot lately, and we’ve come to a conclusion…
Being a woman is amazing.
It can also be really hard. There’s certainly a lot we have to deal with. Modern life comes with a lot of challenges, but your period should not add to your stress.
At Womooi, it is no secret that we believe all women should take this time to treat themselves, but there’s something else that we always recommend to women.
Do you have a “period diary”?
That’s O.K. But here is why you need one in 2020: because you deserve to be free of period-related anxiety.
The period anxiety comes in many forms, but it usually involves:
- Not knowing when your next period will arrive
- Not being sure if your symptoms are due to your cycle
- Always running out of pads and/or tampons
The major health benefit of documenting your menstrual cycle is that it helps you to isolate your experiences throughout the month.
For example, if you start to notice a pattern with how often you experience severe headaches, your period diary could help you and your doctor to determine whether it is your menstrual cycle causing them.
As you can tell, this is a very important topic.
And we’re very excited for it!
So sit back, relax, and let’s learn about the four phases of the menstrual cycle so that you can start to track your cycle and free yourself from period anxiety forever!
Phase 1: Menstruation
The beginning of your cycle is marked by the 3 to 7 days during which most women will experience their period.
Phase One often brings with it cramps, headaches, back aches, nausea and fatigue.
Most women dread this time- but menstruation actually provides us with the perfect space to focus on ourselves.
The first 2-3 days of your cycle will be your least energetic of the entire month, so don’t worry about taking some time to rest and care for yourself.
This is also why we like to include a small gift in every subscription box you receive (we’ve got your back!)
Menstruation provides the perfect excuse to indulge in your favourite foods and movies while surrounded by your loved ones- and, while you recuperate, you can make sure you have everything in order, so that during the next phase you can tackle that big project on your to-do list (while you are at your most productive).
You know, the project you’ve been avoiding for months…
(No judgement, we’ve all been there!)
That way, you can make the most of this time and also be ready to make the most of the next stage of the cycle.
Speaking of which…
Phase 2: Pre-ovulation
It occurs between day 7 and 14 of your menstrual cycle.
During Phase Two, your body will begin to release a new egg, and you are likely to feel stronger- both emotionally and physically- than at any other time of the month (yes, please!).
This might be our favourite phase of all.
So, why don’t you make the most of this high-energy phase?
You can finally tackle that weird looking machine at the gym.
You can try out that yoga class you’ve been thinking of joining.
Or, maybe you’d rather finish unpacking those boxes, or schedule that meeting at work?
Whatever you decide to do, making the most of your pre-ovulation phase will leave you feeling relaxed and worry-free, so that when you approach your lower-energy days of the cycle, you will have no qualms about relaxing and treating yourself.
Sounds like a win-win to us.
Phase 3: Ovulation
Usually, beginning around day 14 of your cycle, Phase Three begins, resulting in a change in discharge and breast tenderness for many women.
A lot of women feel pretty uncomfortable during this time, but there are a few benefits to Phase Three, too!
Ovulation causes libido increase and makes many women feel more social and talkative.
(Which is sometimes difficult in a COVID world, but still possible!)
This is the time, ladies, to take advantage of your thirst for social interaction.
So, put on your favourite outfit and go have some fun!
(While sticking to the guidelines, of course!)
Phase 4: Pre-menstruation
Phase 4 is the final phase of the menstrual cycle, occurring between day 21 and 28.
During the last seven days of your cycle, your body prepares to shed its uterus lining and you may experience some PMS symptoms.
Some of the most common symptoms include mood swings, bloating, stomach cramps and headaches.
This is most women’s least favourite phase- and we totally agree!
But this is exactly where documenting your period comes in handy.
PMS symptoms are caused by an imbalance in your oestrogen and progesterone levels- but don’t worry, this is totally healthy and natural!
However, this means that pre-menstruation is often the hardest part of the menstrual cycle (lucky us, right?)
PMS symptoms are the worst, but the good news is, they don’t have to ruin your week.
In our busy lives, we often struggle to find time to monitor the number of pads or tampons left in the washroom- never mind keep track of our periods themselves!
But that is exactly why we need to.
To keep in control of your body, to help limit PMS symptoms and prevent that horrible “I’ve run out of pads!” panic, it is vital that all women keep a diary to track all-things period.
At Womooi, we believe that all women deserve to experience life without period anxiety, period shame or stress surrounding their menstrual cycle.
While we encourage everyone to start their period diary (seriously, even keeping notes on your phone will help) we also go above and beyond to support women throughout the month. Also, take a minute to explore our period beauty box!
And we are absolutely committed to continuing our important work.
A very happy 6-month anniversary to our lovely readers.
As always, we wish you a wonderful period and a fantastic day!