A 28-Day Guide To Your Menstrual Cycle
Do you know when your last menstrual period began or how long it lasted? If not, today might be the right time to start paying attention. Why? Understanding how the process works is important, since you can use this information to help to either get pregnant or avoid getting pregnant, to better manage any menstrual symptoms you are experiencing, and understand when there might be a problem. While menstrual cycle irregularities usually aren’t serious, sometimes they can signal health problems.
Our period cycles span almost an entire month and every few days. During this process, hormone levels change dramatically, depending on where we are in our cycle. To know exactly how it happens, here’s a breakdown of what happens during a woman’s period cycle.
Days 1-2: The first day of your cycle is the first day of your period. Tissue and blood lining your uterus is the blood otherwise known as your period. Estrogen is low and women often experience fatigue and cramps. You might not feel like it but these days would be good days to exercise. Your mood might not be so great and your energy level is low.
Days 3-5: Estrogen begins to increase towards the end of your period. This hormone helps boost endorphins or your brain’s “feel good” chemicals. The same one that is released during exercise. Your energy also rises along with the rise in estrogen and ultimately this is you feel more upbeat at this time.
On Top of the World
Days 6-9: With your estrogen up, you are sure to feel more beautiful and energetic. And it’s no wonder because your skin is glowing and your face looks more symmetrical. Testosterone also rises during this time and you are most likely to feel unstoppable and on top of your game.
Bringing Sexy Back
Days 10-13: You are now approaching your ovulation which means you are feeling sexiest. You are most fertile during these days and women who want to become pregnant have the best chances of conception when they try at this window until ovulation day. Your orgasms are more intense and are attainable during sex. Estrogen levels are at the highest and women feel best emotionally and physically.
Day 14: For most period cycles, ovulation happens on this day. Ovulation is when an egg is released from the ovary. This egg lives for 12 to 24 hours. There is also a sudden hormone change during ovulation, which may intensify your emotions and tiredness.
Watch What You Eat
Days 19-22: Estrogen level begins to drop while testosterone surges if you are not pregnant. Your skin might be producing more oil than usual. This means you might be experiencing breakouts or sensitive skin. This is a good time for you to eat healthy.
Ending the Cycle
Day 23-28: If you are not pregnant, your estrogen and progesterone levels continue to drop. You may begin to experience bloating and sluggishness. The quick change in your hormones is also responsible for your quick changes in mood. This is a good time for you to boost your serotonin levels through exercise and to cope with breast soreness. You should also reduce your intake of sugar, make sure to stay hydrated, and reduce your caffeine intake.
An unfertilized egg will soon leave your body together with the uterine lining that your body created in preparation for possible pregnancy. Once your period begins, you go back to Day 1 in the period cycle.
Jeunesse Anion pads help with the cramping and dysmenorrhea through the anions released by the strip. These anions “bind to the positively charged ions (of the body) which restricts the movement through the ion channel,” says the research result of Yasmin Endañol, UP Diliman Institute of Chemistry. “If there are no ions available for movement, the channels will remain closed, and signals will not be transmitted. Thus, the pain felt by the user during dysmenorrhea is lessened to a minimum.”
This year, Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkins and Liner wants to help women and all the men in their lives understand what happens during the 28-day cycle. #PeriodStory is a short series with 4 can’t-miss romantic comedy videos that are sure to relate with all the women who’ve encountered mishaps because of their monthly visitor—and the men who’ve had to learn a thing or two about being a woman!