How to Plan Around Your Menstrual Cycle

Peace FM Online

Date: 25-Mar-2011

Got a first date? Want to quit smoking? Your menstrual cycle can predict how successful you’ll be, scientists say. It controls more than your fertility and chocolate cravings. Find out how…

Every woman knows menstrual cycles can affect what we eat and how we feel. But did you know they also can help determine your dating success? Whether or not you’ll quit that nicotine habit? Or even where you choose to live?

Hormones and body chemicals can influence our emotions and what we accomplish, says Los Angeles-based ob-gyn Stuart Fischbein, M.D.

That’s because during the three phases of your menstrual cycle – follicular, ovulation and luteal – your body undergoes subtle changes that can inspire your choices and commitment.

Of course, we’re not controlled entirely by body chemistry, and you shouldn’t plan your life around your cycle. But if you have some big life decisions looming, it’s worth a look.

Here, we break down how the three phases of your menstrual cycle can influence your social, professional and personal life, according to recent studies. The sections are based on the average 28-day menstrual cycle, but many women have shorter or longer cycles, so adjust accordingly.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.