Your hormones are changing throughout the month and affecting the organs in your body, your energy levels and even your skin. In addition to all the other hormonal processes in your body, women have a monthly hormonal cycle directly related to their fertility and menstrual cycle. And most of us know when it’s out of balance.
Signs of hormonal imbalance
Mood swings, wildly fluctuating energy levels and an irregular menstrual cycle are all signs of being out of balance. It’s normal to feel differently at different times of your cycle. Wanting to rest around your period, having more energy around ovulation and getting a bit short tempered before your period is due is all NORMAL. But when it’s making your life unpredictable and your loved ones are walking on eggshells at certain times of the month, maybe you want to do something to get back into balance.
Ovulation is the main event
Your hormones are orchestrating your menstrual cycle. While we are used to looking at our period as the main event in our cycle, actually ovulation is the main event in your monthly cycle.
Your hormones are slowly changing leading up to ovulation – estrogen is rising. Estrogen is the hormone that gives us our female characteristics of breasts and wider hips and it stimulates the production of cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is a key part to getting pregnant and one of the three primary fertility signs.
Just before ovulation and in response to the rising estrogen levels there is a surge in LH (leutinizing hormone) which causes the follicle on your ovary to rupture. Yeah – ovulation has occurred.
After ovulation, progesterone rises sharply and becomes the dominant hormone. Progesterone keeps the lining of your uterus thick ready for a potential pregnancy. If you don’t conceive, progesterone levels will drop after approximately two weeks and your period will start.
Now you can appreciate just some of the changes in hormonal levels throughout the month. If just one of these main hormones is not rising and falling like it should, it can throw off your whole cycle and affect you physically and emotionally. Some hormone levels trigger the release of other hormones so if one is out of balance it will affect other hormones directly and indirectly.
Arvigo techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage
One of my favourite ways of helping women return to balance is through the Arvigo techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage. A gentle yet deep massage on your belly helps those hormones get to the organs they need to, smooths out the normal fluctuations of your cycle and helps you feel more in control of your life again.
During an Arvigo session we discuss lifestyle factors that might also be affecting your hormones and your menstrual cycle and in turn your mood and energy levels.
If you’re interested in learning more about how I can help you improve your cycle, balance your hormones and enjoy your life with less stress and more joy, call me on 054-575-4032.