The menstrual cycle provides Important body chemicals, called hormones, to keep you healthy. Menstrual blood flows from the uterus through the small opening in the cervix and passes out of the body through the vagina. Most menstrual periods last from 3 to 5 days.
At the beginning of your cycle follicle-stimulating hormone is produced by the pituitary gland in your brain. This is the main hormone involved in stimulating your ovaries to produce mature eggs. Follicles are the fluid-filled cavities in your ovaries. The average menstrual cycle is 28 days long.
More About Cycles
Many women think that they ovulate on day 14. Some women claim to feel at wing of pain when they ovulate, but many feel no sensation at all and there’s no other sign that you are ovulating.
Your Cycle Explained Day-by-Day
Day 1-2 (Low Estrogen)
Fatiguing part of periods, uterine contractions and cramps.
- Mood swings
- Fatigue, sleepiness, quiet, headaches, stress
- Bloating, crying
To prevent mood swings, fatigue, bloating, do 15 minutes of breathing exercises, walking, and exercise gently.
What to eat?
- Poached eggs
- Salmon tuna with a salad
- Sun dried tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, sweet peppers
- Baked potatoes
- Say no to caffeine.
Day 3- 5 (Raised Estrogen)
You are done with fatigue & stomach cramps, body pain. As Estrogen levels increase, so does your energy.
- You feel upbeat
- Boosted energy
- Lighter mood
- Improved focus
- Your face looks more symmetrical and your skin glows
What to eat?
- Flax seeds
- Soya milk
- Eggs, bananas, cereals, pineapple, tofu, nuts (serotonin rich foods)