By Kate Morton MS, RDN and Funk It Wellness Founder
Menstruation is often viewed as a time of discomfort and inconvenience, but it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, by understanding and working with the different phases of your menstrual cycle, you can actually align your pleasure and make the most of the unique energy and emotions that each phase brings.
The menstrual cycle is made up of four phases, each with its own set of physical and emotional changes. These phases are the menstrual phase, follicular phase, ovulatory phase, and luteal phase. Understanding the unique aspects of each phase can help you align your pleasure with your menstrual cycle.
Menstrual Phase: This phase typically lasts for 3-7 days, and it's when the body sheds the lining of the uterus. During this phase, you may feel more tired and emotional. It's important to prioritize self-care activities such as rest, relaxation, and gentle exercise. When it comes to pleasure, focus on activities that help you relax and de-stress, such as yoga, meditation, or reading a book. This is a great time for comfort-focused pleasure. Indulge in activities that bring you comfort and warmth. Research shows that having an orgasm can even help with migraines and cramps.
Follicular Phase: This phase begins after the menstrual phase and lasts until ovulation occurs. During this phase, your energy levels begin to increase, and you may feel more motivated and optimistic. This is a good time to start new projects or to tackle tasks that require more energy and focus. It's also a great time for more intense physical activities such as weightlifting or cardio. In terms of pleasure, this is a great time to try new things in the bedroom and explore what brings you pleasure.
Ovulatory Phase: This phase lasts for about 24-36 hours and it's when the ovary releases an egg. During this phase, your body temperature rises, and you may feel more confident and social. This is a great time to socialize with friends and family, or to engage in activities that make you feel good about yourself. You may notice an increased sex drive and more lubrication in this phase. Use this time to keep exploring the things you wanted to try in your follicular phase and use your extra energy!
Luteal Phase: This phase begins after the ovulatory phase and lasts until your next period starts. During this phase, your body temperature drops, and you may feel more anxious, stressed or emotional. This is a good time to focus on self-care activities and to prioritize rest and relaxation. Towards the second half of your luteal phase, you may notice you have a little less energy and are craving more intense emotional connection. Focus on a sexy warm bath, sensual cuddle sessions, massages and overall slow and steady pleasure.
It's important to remember that everyone's menstrual cycle is different, and these are just general guidelines and ideas. It's important to listen to your own body and to be mindful of how you feel during each phase. Also, keep in mind that during menstruation, some women might have a decrease in sexual desire, and that is totally normal and okay.
By aligning your pleasure with the different phases of the menstrual cycle, you can help support your body and make the most of the unique energy and emotions that each phase brings. Remember to be kind to yourself and to listen to your body. Prioritizing self-care and self-awareness can help you understand and embrace the different phases of your menstrual cycle and support you in your sexual journey. Don't let your menstrual cycle be a hindrance to your pleasure - let it enhance it!
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