Menstrual Cycle

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If you are a woman, you know what the menstrual cycle feels like, emotionally and physically. A lot of women can feel what is going on but do you actually know what is going on within your body?

On average a woman's menstrual cycle lasts around 28 days, but it is still normal to have anything between 22 and 36 days. The menstrual cycle within these days are split into 3 phases. The follicular phase, the ovulation phase and the luteal phase. If you don't know what they mean, don't worry, a lot of women don't, they just know they bleed and cry for around 6 days!

FOLLICULAR PHASE

The first phase is the Follicular phase, it starts from day 1 to day 13, or up until the day of ovulation. Days 1-7 are when menstruation takes place, and the environment in vagina changes. Straight after your period, the lining in your uterus starts to thicken and build back up. While this is happening, the egg in your ovary is starting to mature. As all women know, you also have discharge and this changes throughout the cycle. While your body is going through the Follicular phase, after you have had your period, you may not get any discharge. After a couple of days, you should start seeing a creamy like mucus. As well as the physical changes, you will feel the best you have felt during days 7-13. Obviously during your period, you will feel lethargic and your cramps will be bad.

OVULATION STAGE

The next stage is ovulation, this happens around day 14. This is when the egg is released from the more dominant ovary, and for 48 hours you are at your most fertile. So if you are planning a baby, this is the best time to have sex, but if not, be sure to protect yourself! As the oestrogen rises in your body, you start to feel more calm and relaxed. Many women feel that their body is hotter than usual and that they are more fidgety. So, because something different is going on in your body, your discharge is going to change. Expect to see discharge that is a see through, egg white like consistency, you may see this twice throughout your cycle. If you take notice of how your discharge is looking, you will get a good idea of where you are in your cycle.

LUTEAL PHASE

The last of the phases is the Luteal phase. This is from around day 15-28. If your egg has not been fertilized, your body prepares itself for the "shedding" of your blood, or your next period. In my opinion, this is the worst phase of them all. When you're feeling over emotional, hot and stressed, blame it on the Luteal phase! Your basal body temperature increases and your oestrogen and progesterone drops. So if you are feeling like this, expect Mother Nature to give you a call! Don't forget, as your body changes so does your discharge. As said above, you may see the egg white like discharge twice, this is when you will probably see it again.

Periods can be a horrible thing to go through and men never understand, which makes the whole situation worse. Hopefully this has given you a better idea of what is going on in your body and that what you feel is completely normal.


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Stephanie [08/08/2013 15:03] 

Wow, I didn\'t know there were so many phases. Thanks for the information!

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