Period + Menstrual Cycle Insights I Wish I Knew Sooner

Menstrual Cycle and Period Insights

I can’t say that I remember how it felt when I got my period the first few times. But I can tell you that there have been quite a few horror stories filled with sensations of embarrassment and dread throughout my Menstrual Journey. I can also say that I wish teenager and young adult me didn’t feel so unprepared for my monthly visitor.

If you’re just starting to learn about your menstrual cycle (no matter the age) I just want you to know how AMAZING you are for making this decision – to be fully in tune with your body. Because we might go through it every month, but it doesn’t mean that we fully understand how our bodies change with our flow. There are so many things I wish I had known about my menstrual cycle before, so I wanted to share some of my top Period Insights to hopefully spark a little curiosity in you too!

1. Period Tracking Is So Important

One of the most important things I learned is not to just let my period happen to me. Understanding your menstrual flow is one of the most valuable pieces of feedback you can get from your body, and the best part is, it’s free! Getting familiar with your cycle is the only way to know what your normal looks like and to recognize when something is off. Check out our Printable Period Tracker here.

Menstrual Cycle Phases

2. It’s More Than Just Your Period

It’s not only about your Period! Only at 35, did I finally realize that my period was only a small part of the Cycle Puzzle. In fact, many agree that Ovulation is the main event of your cycle, and not your period. The Menstrual Cycle has 4 phases: Menstrual, Follicular, Ovulatory, and Luteal. The hormonal changes that happen throughout the phases affect our energy, mood, and needs. When you track all phases of your menstrual cycle, you can better predict when you might feel a certain way along with your different needs and plan accordingly. Learn more about the Menstrual Cycle here.

3. Periods Can Change

Your menstrual cycle can change throughout your life. Moments of constant stress can impact how you experience your period, making you more likely to suffer with period related symptoms such as PMS. It can also affect your cycle length, period duration and flow strength. But it’s not only stress that has this effect. Diet, exercise, and even travel can impact your flow.

4. PMS Should Not Be Ignored

PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, is very real and can affect you in many ways. You might feel more emotional, tired, or experience period related pains. Symptoms, as annoying as they might be, is direct feedback from our bodies. It’s really important to listen so that we learn how to properly nourish our body, mind, and soul.

5. There Are Different Types of Period Products

When I first got my period, I used mainly pads on my day-to-day and tampons for swim practice. But pads always made me feel so guilty because of all the plastic and waste. And tampons were never my favorite. Luckily now there are new options like reusable pads, period panties, and menstrual cups. It takes some trial and error to find what works best, but eventually you’ll find your flow.

Period Menstrual Cycle Products

6. Cramps Are Common, But You Don’t Have To Suffer

Menstrual cramps are common, but that doesn’t mean you have to just take it. Contrary to what society makes us feel, our period is not a weakness. Cramps and other period symptoms are not a figment of our imagination and no, we are not exaggerating. So find relief and comfort whichever way you can. Things like heating pads, Epsom salt baths/foot soaks, and rest can help. If your cramps are severe, it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor.

7. You’re Not Alone. Let’s Talk About It

It might feel like you’re the only one dealing with period problems, fears, and insecurities but you’re not. Talking to friends and loved one who can related can be really comforting. You can share tips and support each other.

8. No Need To Hide It

We need to normalize periods because they are a natural and IMPORTANT part of life. As a teenager and in my 20’s I remember being mortified whenever there was a leak. And changing my pad in school/work took a lot of effort since I needed to make sure nobody knew about it. Why are we like this? There’s nothing embarrassing about our bleeding days. And the more we talk about it, the better!

9. Nutrition Matters

What you eat and drink can impact how you experience your menstrual cycle. Staying hydrated with water, being mindful about coffee, and eating nourishing, nutritious meals can help ease symptoms. Let’s not forget that during our Luteal Phase, our appetite can increase and we tend to also become more insulin resistant. Meaning that BALANCED meals are absolutely fundamental to avoid having our bodies go into panic mode.

10. Moving Your Body Can Make A Difference

Although there are days that we absolutely do not want to leave the bed, gentle movement can actually help reduce period pain. Activities like yoga or walking can be especially beneficial. And bonus points if you enjoy these activities outside. Not only will you get a little mood boost and fresh air but also vitamin D from the sun.

Gentle outdoor yoga stretching

11. Know When to Get Help

If your period is very heavy, lasts longer than seven days, or if you’re experiencing severe pain, it’s important to see a doctor. These could be signs of conditions like endometriosis or fibroids, which need medical attention.

12. Mood and Energy Shifts Are Part of It

It’s a fact the days around my period will be a bit more emotional. Watching Moana might make me shed a few tears. I might also find my partner’s quirks a bit annoying – fine, very annoying. Mood swings and energy shifts are just a part of being a cyclical being. Which is why understanding that these emotional changes are normal can help you learn how to better handle them. It’s okay to feel a bit off during your period. Find things and activities that bring you calm and that fill your cup.

13. Seed Cycling -> A Food-Based Hormone Multi

Seed cycling involves eating different types of seeds during different phases of your menstrual cycle. Here’s a quick overview: flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds are eaten on the first half of your cycle, while sesame and sunflower seeds are consumed during the second half. It is basically a natural food-based way to support your hormones. Learn more about Seed Cycling here and check out The Nutrinut Seed Cycle Kit.

Seed Cycling For Hormone Balance and Menstrual Cycle Support

14. Plan Trips and Holidays Around Your Period

OK, this perhaps is one of my FAVORITES and I can’t believe that I never did this until recently. Whenever you’re going to book a trip or getaway, check your period tracker to make sure that it’s not Period Week. It’s the beauty of knowing when your period is likely to start. It can make travel more comfortable and enjoyable, and you can pack accordingly.

15. Go With Your Flow

Finally, give yourself GRACE. You don’t always have to be on the go and push until you reach (and pass) your limits. When your body experiences so many hormonal shift on your monthly cycle, you can’t expect to be and perform the same every Monday. Part of honoring your body is accepting when it needs pause and rest. Your menstrual cycle is a natural part of who you are and you will go through quite a few throughout your life. Embrace it, learn about it, and go with your flow.

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