Understanding Your Cycle Could Optimize Your Chances of Conceiving
Infertility can impact relationships. Infertility is often the first major crisis a couple goes through together.
Often, the first casualty of infertility is the feeling of failure. Intimacy will often take a turn from hope and connection to a reminder of failure. Once fears of failure or inadequacy enter a relationship, it will drive further disconnection. This will often rupture the secure attachment between partners and the security of the relationship will weaken. Fears of abandonment may emerge in the couple.
“When your body is cycle-synced it releases feel good hormones like oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine. For decades, scientists believed fertility was about testosterone. However, now they are finding that estrogen and progesterone play a huge role,” explains Kela Robinson Smith, author of The Hormone Puzzle. “What I love about this is we used to think fertility was all a man’s game but now knowing these other hormones come into play, it’s as much a woman’s game,” says Smith.
What is Cycle Syncing?
Cycle Syncing helps you hack your cycle, laying out when and how to best eat, exercise, and socialize throughout the month to take advantage of the different hormone profiles. Here's how it works.
An average 28-ish day cycle is broken up into four phases that span roughly four weeks. It starts at menstruation (phase one), followed by the follicular phase (phase two), ovulation (phase three), and finally the luteal phase (phase four). I like to think of it as menstrual cycle self-care or leveraging your hormonal energy through your cycle.
Should You Do Cycle Syncing?
The short answer is yes, every woman can benefit from syncing her cycle. It can be especially helpful if you:
Are trying to conceive
Have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder that can affect your fertility
Struggle with PMS symptoms such as anxiety, bloating, cramping, and weight gain
Experience heavy, painful, or irregular periods
Are struggling to get pregnant
Have low libido
How To Do Cycle Syncing The first step is to get in touch with your body. You’ll want to figure out the length of your menstrual cycle. You can do this by using a period tracking app like MyFLO or Period Calendar, or simply mark the first day of your period on a calendar and count the days from there until your next period begins. Do this for a couple of months and you should get a good idea of the length of your cycle.
Want to learn more about cycle syncing? Nicole Buratti is a Certified Women’s Health and Sex Consultant. Contact her at email@example.com