Seasons of The Menstrual Cycle: Take Back Control of Your Life with Pre-Ovulation
To continue with my series on seasons of the menstrual cycle and how working with our cycle can support us with endometriosis, this week I've been talking about pre-ovulation, also known as our inner spring. Pre-ovulation can really be utilised to take some control back over our lives and enjoy some of the things that endometriosis may have taken away from us. You can read an extract of this column for Endometriosis News below...
Making The Most of Pre-Ovulation with Endometriosis
Do you find, a couple of days after your cycle, that you begin to feel the clouds lifting? If your period is a dark time of endometriosis pain and incredibly low moods, perhaps you might notice a shift in perspective following it. Things begin to feel lighter, and the areas of your life that looked bleak during your period may begin looking like they have potential. Perhaps solutions to problems start coming to you that only a week ago you thought were hopeless to fix.
Recognize any of this? Welcome to your pre-menstrual phase, your inner spring.
Now, before I dive into the science, I want to both remind and reassure you that I know endometriosis warriors’ cycles can be all over the place. My friend just had a six-week period, and many of us find hormonal birth control completely throws our cycle.
Firstly, there are experts who believe you can still track your cycle even with certain contraceptives. This is not my area of expertise, so my advice would be to seek the support of a professional or download an e-course or book on tracking your cycle, as many of them cover this subject.
Secondly, with endometriosis and the effects it may have on some people’s cycles, this could be, of course, more difficult. However, tracking your cycle is about helping you to understand your personal pattern — it’s not about trying to squeeze your own cycle into a 28-day window. Remember, that number is just an average. So many people with periods experience longer and shorter time spans.
Tracking your cycle is actually about demystifying your cycle; it’s about recognizing your own body’s clues so it’s no longer confusing. I used to think my period was irregular and always early. As it turns out, it’s not. I used to think I was completely up and down one day to the next with my emotions; turns out, I feel optimistic during my pre-ovulation and lower in my pre-menstrual phase.
When you’re going through life without having an awareness of what’s going on in your body, it’s easy to feel out of control and at the mercy of your body’s biological whims. But actually understanding it enables you to have a better ability to predict and anticipate both your cycle and your symptoms of endometriosis.
So, back to your inner springtime. The pre-ovulation phase is the time after menstruation and the time when your body is preparing for ovulation. Your body will begin steadily, but slowly, rising in estrogen again, and as estrogen affects our happy hormones, you’ll also most likely experience an increase in these, too. This creates a knock-on effect: you have more energy, you’re more positive, you’re usually more confident and inspired, and your cognitive function is often improved, too.
Read the rest here on Endometriosis News