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Your guide to understanding the 4 seasons of your menstrual cycle

You know that feeling, that sensation that fluctuates, that energy that rises and falls like the waves of the ocean? Maybe it's more than just a feeling; perhaps it's your deep connection with the four seasons of your menstrual cycle.

Yes, your cycle is not just a physiological process, it is an inner journey through the seasons of nature, life and yourself.


The idea of the four seasons of the menstrual cycle comes from the Red School , an organization founded by Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, which advocates for a deeper, more holistic understanding of menstruation. Inspired by this vision, let’s dive into this four-phase journey.

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1. Spring: renewal and creativity (day 6-13 approximately)


Phase: follicular
Hormones: A rise in estrogen until ovulation Cervical mucus: non-fertile (dry or creamier sensation)

Imagine yourself in a flower garden, the first green shoots emerge timidly from the earth. It's the spring of your cycle, the moment when you are reborn with fresh energy and boundless creativity. You may feel inspired, ready to plant the seeds of new projects, to explore new ideas. Your intuition is at its peak, gently guiding you towards what drives you.


Ideas for actions to promote well-being in spring:

- Practice meditation or yoga to connect with your intuition.

- Write in a journal to explore your ideas and aspirations.

- Take walks outdoors to be inspired by nature reborn.


2. Summer: energy and fulfillment (approximately day 14-20)

Phase: ovulatory
Hormones: Estrogen is at its peak and testosterone surges during ovulationCervical mucus: fertile (lighter or egg white)

The sun is high in the sky, warming the earth with its benevolent rays. It's the summer of your cycle, the peak of your energy and vitality. You can feel powerful, confident, ready to shine in the dazzling light of your achievements. This is the ideal time for action, to move forward with your projects with determination.


Ideas for actions to promote well-being in summer:

- Engage in stimulating physical activities like dancing or sports.

- Prioritize time spent with your friends and loved ones to share joyful moments.

- Take care of yourself by taking regular breaks to recharge your batteries.


3. Autumn: reflection and introspection (approximately day 21-28)

Phase: Luteal
Hormones: Estrogen decreases and a surge in progesterone after ovulation which drops again at the end of the cycle Cervical mucus: non-fertile (thicker or creamier)

Leaves begin to fall, leaving behind a landscape of warm colors and rich. It's the fall of your cycle, the time to slow down and reflect. You may feel more introverted, more contemplative, exploring the depths of your being. This is the ideal time for introspection, to connect with your emotions, to let go of what no longer serves you.


Ideas for actions to promote well-being in autumn:

- Practice gratitude by keeping a journal of the things you are grateful for.

- Give yourself moments of solitude to reflect and refocus on your needs.

- Explore creative activities like painting or writing to express your emotions.


4. Winter: rest and recovery (day 1-6 approximately)

Phase: Menstrual
Hormones: Hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) are at their lowest levels
Cervical mucus: absent or may be mixed with menstrual blood

Snow gently covers the ground, creating a peaceful and silent landscape. It's the winter of your cycle, the time to retire and rest. You may feel calmer, relaxed, ready to welcome the beneficial silence of solitude. It's the perfect time to reconnect with yourself, to nourish your body and mind, to prepare for a new cycle of growth.


Ideas for actions to promote well-being in winter:

- Treat yourself to moments of relaxation with soothing activities such as reading or restorative yoga.

- Practice self-compassion by allowing yourself to be lenient with yourself.

- Take care of your body by prioritizing sleep and a nourishing diet.


Understanding the seasons of your menstrual cycle goes far beyond just recognizing hormonal fluctuations. This offers you an opportunity to reconnect with your body and mind in a deep and meaningful way. By honoring each season and taking steps to support your well-being, you learn to listen to yourself, respect your natural rhythm, and align with the cycles of nature around you.


Studies, such as those conducted by Susan E. Abbey et al., have shown that awareness of the menstrual cycle can improve women's reproductive health and emotional well-being. By understanding and honoring these natural fluctuations, you can learn to know yourself better, anticipate your needs at different times of the month, and live in harmony with your body and mind.

For example, a study published in the journal
Frontiers in Psychology found that being aware of the different phases of the menstrual cycle can help women better manage their stress and emotions. Additionally, research from the University of California has shown that adjusting eating habits based on the phases of the menstrual cycle can help alleviate premenstrual symptoms and promote optimal hormonal balance.

By integrating this knowledge into your daily life, you can not only improve your physical and emotional health, but also cultivate a deeper, more respectful relationship with your body and your menstrual cycle.


So the next time you feel these variations in your energy, in your mood, in your creativity, remember that it's just your body and your mind dancing to the rhythm of the four seasons of your menstrual cycle.

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