I had the pleasure of chatting with Briana Villegas on a recent episode of What I Wish My Mother Taught Me. Briana is a Cycle-Syncing coach, and she helps women understand and leverage the different stages of their menstrual cycle. Helping women turn the cycle into something that works for them instead of something to push through or pretend isn’t there. Our cycle impacts every aspect of our life, communication, our motivation, our energy, our appetite, and how we relate to other people in our life.
Tools to Help Young Girls Manage their Cycle
Women should have basic knowledge of how our bodies work and how it should work for us. Every woman needs to understand her body and the changes it goes through during her menstrual cycle. But for young girls, it can be difficult to manage the symptoms and make sense of changes to their bodies. Fortunately, there are tools available that can help girls learn about their cycles and manage their symptoms. From tracking apps to educational resources, these tools provide girls with the information they need to understand their bodies and take control of their menstrual health.
- Teach them to track
- The best place to start is awareness of the pattern
- Start your daughters off by knowing what symptoms to look for, what foods to eat, and which foods to avoid.
- Aligning the cycle to their daily/weekly routine
Four Stages of Menstrual Cycle.
The female cycle is a complex process that is essential for reproductive health and well-being. It consists of a series of hormonal changes that occur in the body throughout the month, from ovulation to menstruation. Understanding how it works can help women better manage their health and identify any potential issues.
The menstrual cycle is divided into four distinct phases: Each of these phases plays an important role in regulating hormones and preparing for a potential pregnancy. Providing a young girl the opportunity to understand each of these phases can help her better understand her body and how to take care of it as they experience changes due to the menstrual cycle.
- The menstrual phase: The brain is more focused. Causes more sensitivity to things happening in our environment.
- TIP: Sit with the emotions and determine if it is a reoccurring pattern. Journal practice. Take action
- The follicular phase: Our energy shoots up and boosts in creativity—appetite shifts.
- TIP: Work on projects. Take advantage of
- The ovulation phase: 3-4 days, estrogens highest, boost in libido, the glow happens, really good at problem-solving and communicating.
- The luteal phase: The body prepares for pregnancy.
How to Manage Discomfort from Menstrual Symptoms.
Menstrual symptoms can be a source of discomfort for many women, even worse for a young girl that has not mastered their body and understood how to deal with the changes involved during the menstrual cycle. However, there are various ways to manage these symptoms and make your monthly cycle more bearable. From lifestyle changes to dietary modifications, there are a number of approaches that can help reduce the severity of menstrual symptoms. Flo Living is a great resource for menstrual lifecycle management.
Changes to the body can be a time of stress for a young lady. As moms, we can turn the fears and anxiety into teachable moments by giving our little girls the tools and comfort necessary to turn this time into a normal part of life.
thanks for exploring this topic with me