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Know your body

Being aware of what actually happens down there during the menstrual cycle and how it happens is very useful.

It helps to build a picture and awareness of what is going on in your body, mind and emotions. It signals willingness and connection.

There are heaps of places to get this info online and in books. You can go to what is menstruation or the changes your body goes through for a description of what goes on. There is a menstrual glossary for an explanation of terms.

The biology aside there are very real physical and emotional symptoms that you can observe. The table below is a brief guide that I have put together from my own observation. The time frame is very approximate, so don't worry if your cycle is not the same... everyone is individual

Week 1
From first day of bleeding
  Bleeding and the various symptoms felt then depends on the individual
At the post bleeding phase there is generally an increase in physical energy and vitality.
The individual is more outgoing and sociable. Sleep patterns and appetite return to normal.
Vaginal mucus is dry or absent.


Week 2   As ovulation approaches mucus becomes more wet, slippery, white (whatever is your individual pattern.)


Ovulation
Day 14 approximately
  Mucus is very wet and slippery, easily allowing penetration of sperm.
Breasts may be tender, Mood swings, increase in libido, cramps, desire to be with your partner. An ovulation microscope can help you learn your individual fertility symptoms


Week 3
After Ovulation moving into premenstrual phase
  Mucus production slows, becomes drier and thicker. Moods balance out again.


Week 4
Pre-menstrual phase
  Premenstrual symptoms kick in, which depending upon you, range from bloating, cramps, headaches, mood swings, food cravings, and insomnia.
Energy levels decrease, libidio may increase.
Desire for solitude


The table above is not the definitive guide, and each cycle may not be the same, it all depends on how you are and what's going on in your life.
If you experience other feelings or symptoms, let me know so I can add it to the list.

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Written by Nadia MacLeod