How You Can Make Your Menstrual Cycle Work For You (Instead of Against You) | The Health Sessions

Go with the Flow: How to Make Your Menstrual Cycle Work For You

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Do you feel bloated, tired or irritated right before or during your period?

PMS is one of the most noticeable examples of how hormonal changes impact your body and mind. But hormones affect your health, mood and behaviour in countless more ways – in women and men. These small but mighty chemical messengers, excreted by the glands in your body, influence many physiological processes, from your appetite and sexual desire to hormonal anxiety.

Your hormone levels naturally rise and fall throughout the day. Cortisol, for example, peaks in the early morning hours to wake you up, whereas melatonin gets secreted when darkness falls. But in the female body, the reproductive hormones also fluctuate over a monthly cycle of roughly 28 days, changing how you feel from week to week. That means that, unlike men, female bodies don’t function in a steady, predictable manner day in day out.

In Period Power, women’s health expert Maisie Hill advocates that we should acknowledge these monthly fluctuations, without feeling like we’re moody, unreliable creatures for doing so. Your energy levels, mental focus, mood, libido and food cravings vary throughout your menstrual cycle, due to hormonal shifts. And that’s not only normal, according to Period Power you could even take advantage of your hormonal powers.

If that’s the case, how can you get your menstrual cycle to work for you instead of against you? 

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5 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself if You're Fertility Challenged | The Health Sessions

5 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself if You’re Fertility Challenged

This article is written by Sophia Smith. 

Trying to conceive can be a stressful endeavor, and being fertility challenged can make the whole process even more difficult and demanding. That being said, we can often make certain decisions or act in a way that not only makes the situation harder to deal with, but might also unintentionally sabotage our life along the way.

Here are some things you should stop doing if you are having fertility challenges, in order to save your health and sanity during the process of trying to conceive.

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6 Health Checkpoints to Know Before You’re 30 | The Health Sessions

6 Health Checkpoints to Know Before You’re 30

This article is written by Karlyn Q.  

Turning 30 is a huge milestone in life and certainly one to be celebrated! By this point, you may have silenced many of your uncertainties you had in our 20’s, or you may still be figuring things out. Regardless, when it comes to your health, there are many things to keep in mind by this point in your life. Family history, reproductive health, and understanding how your body will continue to change, all play a role in a happy and healthy life. Below are a few checkpoints you should keep in mind as you approach the big 3-0.

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