Let's talk FLOW and everything you NEED to know.
This should be the first thing you learn as a young woman, but unfortunately for many of us, it wasn't.
Understanding your flow & figuring out if you are having a healthy cycle.
Your flow starts when conception has not occurred 😢 Your estrogen & progesterone levels return down to their baseline & triggers the shedding of the superficial layers of your uterine lining, along with chemicals called prostaglandins.
It is these chemicals that are the culprits making you feel like sh*t & promote inflammation.
Knowing this basic physiology can help you understand the WHY things are happening & what you can do to improve your flow.
The popular belief is that your flow is supposed to be the most painful thing every month & put you down for days!
❌THIS IS NOT TRUE & it doesn't have to be this way.
You may be having painful periods and major PMS symptoms, because of all the inflammation already going on in your body.
Then good old prostaglandins get released, which is pro-inflammation & then you have an inflammation sh*t storm!
Does that make sense?
When you start to take care of your health, you'll see improvements in many different areas including reduces PMS symptoms 🙌🏽
What are some common myths you hear about PMS?
After your period has come & gone you enter into the Follicular Phase - days 3-12ish. This phase is crucial in building fertile potential in women when it comes to releasing an egg(s) and building a thick and nourishing endometrial lining.
In the Follicular Phase, estrogen levels increase causing ovarian follicles to grow & mature until one becomes THE GOLDEN EGG 🥚
Many different parts of the body play a key role in making the Follicular Phase success:
☀️The pituitary gland must communicate with your ovaries by sending follicle-stimulating hormone [FSH]
☀️Ovaries must listen to the pituitary & respond by maturing follicles
🛑Do you know where your pituitary gland is located in your body?
☀️Follicles must have the nutrients needed to be able to grow & release estrogen
☀️The endometrial lining must respond to the Estrogen to become full, lush & support implantation
Can you now see a little glimpse into why as a Functional Fertility Health Coach I look at your WHOLE body! Your pituitary gland is located in your 🧠 & is apart of your endocrine system, which is incredibly important to your fertility journey.
If your endocrine system is f*cked up - this perfectly timed dance is going to breakdown & fertility struggles begin.
I help my clients find the right diet & lifestyle for them. Lowering inflammation & supporting a healthy endocrine system, will increase your chances of a harmonious Follicular Phase & ovulation.
Are you in need of some guidance on this?
THE BIG O
As ovulation approaches, you reach the most active & fertile part of your menstrual cycle. You should notice that you actually feel like having sex. If you don't that's a BIG sign from your body that things just aren't right.
Estrogen and testosterone are at their peak, a dominant follicle with egg inside has reached maturation. This timing is important because ovulation occurring too early or too late can result in an embryo prone to chromosomal defects, even if conception occurs.
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This is when you have a Luteinizing Hormone (LH) surge, which triggers ovulation and raises your body temperature. ⠀
If all goes well a healthy egg will soon be heading down the fallopian tube to get fertilized.
It seems simple enough, but it is far from it as there are many different physiological activities occurring.⠀
During this crucial time, the pituitary and ovaries must be communicating effectively for ovulation to occur.
If your endocrine system [which is incredibly for healthy ovulation] is out of sync, then complications with ovulation can occur.
This is why as a Functional Fertility Health Coach, I look at your WHOLE body!
When I help my clients find the right diet & lifestyle for that works for THEM we are lowering inflammation & supporting a healthy endocrine system.
This will increase their chances of healthy ovulation. 🙌
Want to increase your chances too?
GROW BABY, GROW!
The Luteal phase is the stage of a woman’s cycle beginning at the time of ovulation and ends either when the Auntie Flow begins or with pregnancy.
The luteal phase typically lasts about 14 days.
Once ovulation occurs, the follicle sac that contained the egg transforms into the corpus luteum & produces progesterone [as well as a little estrogen]
The egg travels down the fallopian tube, meets up with mister sperm and fertilize.
If fertilization occurs, the corpus luteum will continue to produce more and more progesterone to help support the pregnancy and secure the endometrial lining.
Your hormones reach their peak around cycle day 21 and then begin to fall, triggering your period, if pregnancy does not occur.⠀
During this time, you might have unfavourable symptoms such as bloating, acne, irritability, mood swings, and food cravings. But once again this is not normal!
There are a few reasons why you're experiencing a luteal phase hormone imbalances and exacerbated pre-menstrual symptoms:
👉🏼Not ovulating. This leads to not enough progesterone to balance the Estrogen
👉🏼Poor Gut Health. Constipation causing poor metabolism and excretion of hormones⠀
👉🏼Inflammation [diet, lifestyle & environmental factors]
👉🏼Poor circulation. The pelvic region not getting enough oxygen
A healthy luteal phase is an essential part of a woman’s fertility with its crucial role in the implantation of the embryo and the maintenance of early pregnancy.
Progesterone is the Queen during this phase of your flow! And knowing if your progesterone is at adequate levels, is the keys to the kingdom.
We can promote a healthier luteal phase by cultivating high-quality eggs from their very beginning, enhancing the factors that influence the function of the corpus luteum, and supporting optimal hormonal balance via nutrition, lifestyle, and environment.
You know your FLOW now! 🌺
👉🏼You know having painful periods and major PMS symptoms may be because of all the inflammation already going on in your body.
👉🏼You know the Follicular Phase includes your pituitary gland [located in your 🧠]
👉🏼You know a Luteinizing Hormone (LH) surge, triggers ovulation
👉🏼You know if your endocrine system [which is incredibly for healthy ovulation] is out of sync, then complications with ovulation can occur.
👉🏼You NOW know that ovulation is just one [important] piece of the puzzle.
👉🏼You know a healthy luteal phase is an essential part of a woman’s fertility & you need to maintain healthy hormones.
But did you know that you can confirm ovulation via measuring PdG? 🧐
PdG is the urine metabolite of progesterone – the hormone released by the ovary after ovulation. Elevated and sustained levels of PdG can confirm that successful ovulation has occurred, information key to the pregnancy puzzle.
Proov lets you track PdG levels 7-10 days after peak fertility & can confirm that successful ovulation has, in fact, occurred!
This information is mindblowing 🤯for thousands of woman who are struggling with the fact of seeing an LH surge every month, but unable to get or maintain a healthy pregnancy.
✅If your test is positive, you can feel confident, knowing that your ovulation is confirmed and you can successfully plan from there.
❌If your test is negative, you now have powerful information that you can use to improve give your fertility health coach or doctor to help get your cycles regulated.
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