A Post For Menstruating Humans 🩸

How does your cycle affect productivity?

Charlotte Dawson
3 min readOct 26, 2022
Photo by Monika Kozub on Unsplash

I’m about to share some easy-to-digest information about why you feel full of life one week and ready to curl up in bed the next.

Here we go.

1. ❤️ The Period.

Your body is getting rid of the uterine lining because an egg wasn’t fertilised. All hormone levels are super low, so low your productivity is almost non-existent. That’s why even the smallest of tasks seem like a huge deal.

💭 What should you do?

Take it easy. Minimise your to-do list, have lots of breaks, oh and give yourself a break too.

2. 🧡 Proliferative Phase

This phase begins when your period ends. Estrogen is rising, preparing your body for an egg to be released. Although a lot is going on inside you will likely feel more energised, confident, and ready to get sh** done.

💭 What should you do?

Roll with it! Now is the time to do the things you’ve been putting off, tick off your to-do list and feel great about it.

3. 💗 Follicular Phase — (See graph below)

The Period and Proliferative Phase are within the Follicular Phase.

Throughout your period and proliferative phase, the next follicle is chosen and getting ready for ovulation. Estrogen continues to rise and FSH is being released from the pituitary gland.

💭 What should you do?

Once your period is over your energy levels should still be increasing. You’re feeling good, sexy, and ready for life.

4. 💙 Ovulation

The chosen egg has matured and is released! This is how babies are made… So you guessed it. You’re feeling erm, reproductive? Estrogen has peaked so hold onto this feeling because it’s not going to last long.

💭 What should you do?

Well, productivity-wise you should still be feeling full of it. Make the most of it now. As soon as your estrogen drops so will your energy.

5. 💜 Secretory Phase

You’re in this phase after ovulation, your body now gets ready to menstruate, or grow a human. Progesterone rises and the rest of your hormones begin to drop, meaning you also start to feel pretty rubbish.

💭 What should you do?

Try and get things done whilst you still have some energy. Move slowly, and don’t get mad at yourself for feeling empty.

6. 💚 Luteal Phase — (See graph below)

Ovulation and Secretary phase are within the Luteal Phase.

If you are pregnant, progesterone stays high if you’re not, it drops. This causes all those PMS symptoms you might get before your period.

💭 What should you do?

Once you start to experience discomfort, cramps, and mood swings, give yourself a break. Don’t force anything, you’ll just get even moodier…

And the cycle begins again 🔄

(Everyone experiences their menstrual cycle differently; you may feel differently.)

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Charlotte Dawson

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