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The four seasons of your menstrual cycle and how to work with them

Written by Gemma Barry

There are four different seasons in the menstrual cycle, all with different needs and powers. This article explains how you can work with them to optimise your wellbeing.

Introduction

Have you ever wondered why you have felt a particular way only for your period to arrive and you have an ‘ah ha’ moment and think “now it all makes sense!” Understanding our cycle is important for many reasons, keeping an eye on our overall health, tracking where you are in your cycle and having a bit more control to plan things when we are at best capacity to tackle them.

I like to use the seasons as an analogy for this because it is something so familiar to us it’s easier to remember than perhaps the more clinical descriptions. How we feel during our cycle directly correlates with the seasons too.

You might think – like I did when I first started learning about this – that it’s just oestrogen and progesterone that are the key players of your cycle. In fact, there are several hormones on the go, and I hope this gives you more of an idea about the intricate dance that plays out each month.

Our cycle is seen as something primarily for procreation, this is indeed a wonderful thing it does, but our bodies are more than that, we need all these moving parts to work regardless of whether or not a pregnancy happens. I hope in my work to shine a light on how damaging that narrative can be as it can hinder women receiving the help they need. 

Gemma Barry is a period and hormone specialist, she set up The Well Woman Project after getting diagnosed with Endometriosis and Adenomyosis. She worked as a nurse for 15 years before retraining as a herbalist, body work therapist and mindfulness practitioner. She now runs her own busy practice focusing on educating and treating women’s health conditions naturally. You can find out more from her website www.thewellwomanproject.com or find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Gemma Barry

Gemma Barry is a period and hormone specialist, she set up The Well Woman Project after getting diagnosed with Endometriosis and Adenomyosis. She worked as a nurse for 15 years before retraining as a herbalist, body work therapist and mindfulness practitioner. She now runs her own busy practice focusing on educating and treating women’s health conditions naturally. You can find out more from her website www.thewellwomanproject.com or find her on Facebook and Instagram.

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