Seasons of The Menstrual Cycle: How Ovulation or Your Inner Summer Could Help You Feel Better with Endometriosis
I've been talking about the inner seasons of our menstrual cycle recently over on Endometriosis News and the time has come to talk about a more tricky subject; ovulation, your inner-summer. I say tricky, for a number of reasons. Some of us with endometriosis who want to get pregnant but are struggling, may find time particularly difficult emotionally. Others, like myself, may find this is another time of the month when their endometriosis symptoms are more acute, as the egg is released from the ovary (which may have endometriosis growths or cysts on it). Those who are living with effects like fatigue and depression due to endometriosis, may find it challenging to hear hormone /period experts talk about ovulation being a time of great energy and good vibes.
So, before I dive into my latest column; I want to say - I hear you and I feel you and I've experienced my own deep challenges with ovulation and all seasons of the cycle. I only have 800 words per column and ALWAYS max it out and have to cut down, so this piece doesn't cover half the scenarios and ways you could work with ovulation, so as always, take my work, my thoughts and my research as options and information to add to your own mix of what works and doesn't work for you with endometriosis. You may not feel any change in your cycle at all throughout the month (or however long it lasts), you may feel the effects of endometriosis all the way through at the moment. Talking about working and tracking your cycles isn't a quick fix; your periods may be all over the place, you may feel up one day and down the next - working with our cycles is about understanding the subtle or not-so-subtle changes in our bodies that are unique to us. Just because ovulation is generally a time of higher energy, doesn't mean it will be for you - maybe pre-ovulation is the time you feel the impact of endometriosis the least instead. It's really about spending time with your body, so you can begin to appreciate and understand some of its patterns, so you can work with them, rather than against them. It's also about understanding the science behind it all, understanding how your hormones work and the times that they are working really helps you to realise your feelings, thoughts and behaviours are natural, and you're not 'crazy' after all!
At some stage, I'll do my own longer series for This EndoLife about the cycle, but in the mean time, head to Endometriosis News to find out how ovulation could help you feel better with endometriosis.