The menstrual cycle includes several phases. The exact timing of the phases of the cycle is a little bit different for every woman and can change over time.
|Cycle days (approximate)||Events of the menstrual cycle|
|Days 1-5||The first day of menstrual bleeding is considered Day 1 of the cycle.Your period can last anywhere from 3 to 8 days, but 5 days is average.Bleeding is usually heaviest on the first 2 days.|
|Days 6-14||Once the bleeding stops, the uterine lining (also called the endometrium) begins to prepare for the possibility of a pregnancy.The uterine lining becomes thicker and enriched in blood and nutrients.|
|Day 14-25||Somewhere around day 14, an egg is released from one of the ovaries and begins its journey down the fallopian tubes to the uterus.If sperm are present in the fallopian tube at this time, fertilization can occur.In this case the fertilized egg will travel to the uterus and attempt to implant in the uterine wall.|
|Days 25-28||If the egg was not fertilized or implantation does not occur, hormonal changes signal the uterus to prepare to shed its lining, and the egg breaks down and is shed along with lining.The cycle begins again on Day 1 menstrual bleeding.|
What can you do to support your biology?
- Nourish your body well and correctly
- Move your body in the right way
- Exercise correctly to support the cycle
- Rest when needed
- Schedule events when you know you will have the energy to socialize
- Schedule work projects when you will have the focus and energy to prioritize it.
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