Cultivating 'period poise' - 4 steps to navigate relationships during your cycle

Whether it’s a romantic partner, a family member or a friend, your own wellbeing has a great impact on your relationships. And while each body is different, all women go through a powerful shift in hormones every month, which has natural side effects. 

Therefore, know thyself. Your body is  engaged is a constant balancing act as it transitions through the four phases that make up a woman’s monthly cycle. The most important thing to do is to educate yourself - read on and get acquainted with the factors that impact your relationships and performance in each phase.

4 Phases of the Menstrual Cycle

  1. Power through your Period (days 1-5). Most of us don’t feel like superwoman in the few days leading up to our period, but now is the time to conquer PMS. You can boost feel-good serotonin levels with exercise, cutting down caffeine, reducing sugar intake and staying hydrated. All of these things put you in a better mood, which reflects on your relationships, and keeps your body healthy and prepared for your next monthly cycle.

    Estrogen is lowest during the start of your period. This is responsible for period cramps, tiredness and exhaustion. So the right type of exercise and self care routines can increase positivity and energy levels. By day three of your period, estrogen levels start to rise and you might feel energetic, chatty and adventurous.
  2. Dance to your own tune, and celebrate yourself! When your period ends, both estrogen and testosterone levels start to rise - say hello to glowing skin and a spike in the need for desire and intimacy. You are at your sexiest during your Fertile phase (days 6-12), and orgasms are at their most intense and attainable. All of these things can bring you especially close to your partner. This is when he gets a free pass for the silliest things - from forgetting to pick up bread on the way home to blanking on your anniversary 😱 ....as the estrogen increases your patience and forgiveness. The higher the levels of this hormone climb, the more feel-good chemicals the brain churns out, keeping you upbeat and optimistic!
  3. What about PMS symptoms? PMS stands for Premenstrual syndrome, a constellation of physical and emotional symptoms that most women encounter in the week leading upto, or a few days before the start of their period. That's right, every month, 90% of menstruating women present with some symptoms of PMS. So you’re in good company!

    PMS symptoms can start as early as the middle of your monthly cycle, when your body is in the Ovulation phase (days 13-15). During this time, your ovaries release an egg - which, barring pregnancy, starts to dissolve. This causes hormone levels to drop. And the sudden shift can lead to tiredness and emotions running high. You might cry easily, and something that usually wouldn't bother you might take on a new level of intensity. Breathe. A short guided meditation in the morning can help you recenter and refocus your emotions for the rest of the day. 
  4. Heard of the word ‘hangry’? Hormones are also responsible for regulating our blood sugar. After ovulation, you might be more sensitive to a drop in blood sugar, and missing a meal might make you less mindful of others. This happens because of progesterone levels are high in the week leading up to your period. Testosterone also surges in the Luteal phase (days 16-28), and could make your skin oily and sensitive, so eating right now is paramount. Make sure to get a healthy breakfast, and eat well balanced, regular meals throughout the day.

    High progesterone has also been known to lower your  libido, but increase affection. Scientists theorise that the increase in progesterone might make your body think you could be pregnant, so you subconsciously sidle up closer to your partner just in case you need the extra care and support during pregnancy. Gently clue your partner into the fact that how you eat could have a major impact on your mood.

    The Luteal phase is usually the longest phase of the cycle, and this is also when Scarlet’s blend of ingredients create the most benefit to your body. Wild Yam and Chasteberry have been in use for centuries, and provide a host of benefits for menstrual health, skin health, fertility, menopause, pain, PMS and more. The Scarlet blend is well researched and carefully designed to balance womens' progesterone and estrogen levels consistently, cycle after cycle.

    Start your monthly ritual with Scarlet today!