What You Body Is Trying to Tell You During Your Cycle
A woman’s body is extremely complex, it has a bunch of different hormones that run on a 30 day cycle (give or take a few days). Hormones control everything, from how you feel to how you look, and small fluctuations can cause big changes in your body that you may or may not notice.
It is important to be aware that certain symptoms are suggestive of different hormone fluctuations during your cycle can give you an explanation for why you are having these certain symptoms happening.
Increase in vaginal discharge
Many women that I’ve seen in practice do not realize that vaginal discharge is healthy and very normal – you are definitely not the only one who gets discharge! Discharge can tell you about what is happening in your cycle and can help you to understand where you are in your cycle. If your discharge is more on the wet and/or goopy side, this means you are around the middle of your cycle around ovulation.
Note: If this increase in discharge is accompanied with a color other than white, has an odor, or is itchy, this may be a sign of on infection and may warrant a visit to your healthcare provider if it persists.
Breast and/or nipple soreness tends to happen right before your period and is an indicator that you will likely be getting your period soon. Breasts can feel sore the days leading up to a period because of the hormone fluctuations in progesterone and estrogen.
If you’ve noticed that you have a sudden increase in libido, this could mean you are right around the time of ovulation, or the middle of your cycle.
You will find that the scale may tick up a few pounds the days leading to your period. This is because hormone fluctuations can make you hold onto more water – don’t worry, this isn’t fat gain. If you notice a rise on the scale and have been eating well and exercising, think about where you are in your cycle as this could be a cause.
You feel more moody
The surge in hormones that happens after ovulation can cause you to feel more on the moody side for no apparent reason. This tens to happen the week leading up to your period and can be an indicator that your period is around the corner.
Listen to your body, it is likely trying to tell you something if you feel that something is different.
About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy-league trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in women’s health and preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab
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