Align Your Sexual Pleasure with Your Menstrual Cycle: A Guide

Maximize the Physical and Emotional Changes of Your Menstrual Cycle

The menstrual cycle is a natural biological process that occurs during our reproductive years.  It is divided into four phases: the menstrual phase, the follicular phase, the ovulatory phase, and the luteal phase. Understanding the physical and emotional changes in each phase can greatly impact your sexual pleasure. This blog post will guide you on how to align your sexual pleasure with your menstrual cycle phases.

Menstrual Phase

This phase usually lasts for 3-7 days and involves the shedding of the uterine lining. During this time, energy levels may be low, and feelings of tiredness and emotional fluctuations may occur. This is not the ideal time for high-intensity activities (unless that feels good to you).  Instead, prioritize self-care activities such as rest, relaxation, and gentle exercise. Engage in activities that bring comfort, such as yoga, meditation, or reading.  Bonus - research has shown that orgasms can help alleviate menstrual cramps and headaches.

Follicular Phase

This phase starts after the menstrual phase and lasts for approximately 14 days. Energy levels start to increase, and motivation and optimism may be higher. This is an ideal time for new projects and tasks that require more focus and energy. More intense physical activities, such as weightlifting or cardio, can also be pursued. Explore new experiences in and out the bedroom and discover what brings you pleasure. With higher estrogen levels and more energy during this phase, this is a great time to experiment and understand your sexual preferences.

Ovulatory Phase

This phase lasts for about 24-36 hours and involves the release of an egg from the ovary. During this time, body temperature rises and feelings of confidence and sociability may be experienced. This is an ideal time to socialize with loved ones or engage in activities that boost self-esteem. With peak testosterone levels and increased lubrication, sexual drive may also be higher during this phase. Use this opportunity to continue exploring new experiences and take advantage of the increased energy levels.

Luteal Phase

 This phase begins after the ovulatory phase and lasts for roughly 12-14 days. Body temperature rises and feelings of anxiety, stress, and emotional fluctuations may occur (seed cycling can support this!). Focus on self-care activities and prioritize rest and relaxation. Toward the second half of this phase, a decrease in energy levels may be experienced, and a stronger emotional connection during sexual experiences may be desired. Indulge in slow and steady pleasure, such as sensual baths, cuddling, massages, and other relaxing activities.

It's important to keep in mind that everyone's menstrual cycle is unique and these are only general guidelines. Always listen to your body and pay attention to how you feel during each phase. Additionally, it is normal for some individuals to experience a decrease in sexual desire during menstruation.

By aligning your sexual pleasure with your menstrual cycle, you can support your body and make the most of the physical and emotional changes that each phase brings. Prioritize self-care and self-awareness, and embrace each phase of your menstrual cycle as a journey towards sexual discovery and satisfaction.