Ok, so I’ve been really into making lists lately.
And today I wanted to talk about the variety of things that could be messing with your cycle.
But first, a fun fact. Did you know that only ovulation can be delayed, not your period? I remember back in the day hearing gals tell other gals, “As soon as you stop worrying about your period being late, it will show up.” Basically saying that by stressing over the fact your period had not shown up would somehow delay it from showing up. Oh, and I believed it.
You can, however, delay ovulation by being stressed out (as well as other things), and that, in turn, will extend your cycle as a whole, making your period late. But as long as you’ve ovulated your cycle is pretty much set from there.
So, starting with stress, here’s a list of a few things that can mess with your cycle:
+ stress — cortisol is no joke.
+ travel — even if you’re having fun, hurtling your body through different time zones and schedules can throw your cycle out of whack. I should know.
+ sleep — goes along with the whole cortisol thing.
+ diet — your hormone production is partially affected by what you eat.
+ alcohol — having too many drinks can mess things up.
+ exercise — when I was deciding on training for a marathon or not one of my concerns was messing up my cycle with that.
+ weighing too much, or too little — you want a nice cocktail of hormones for everything to run smoothly in your body. Just like having too little fat/estrogen can mess things up, so can having too much.
+ medicine — of all varieties can impact your cycle in many ways
+ smoking — worse PMS, less oxygen getting around your body, and messes with most hormones.
+ sickness — goes back up to the cortisol thing.
+ breastfeeding — from what I hear your hormones can be a bit whacky as it as after giving birth to a baby, but did you know that breastfeeding suppresses your fertility?
I think the most important take away today is that having a balanced cycle is somewhat of a delicate dance. You need to be taking care of your body. And it’s not that hard. Avoid the things you know are bad for you, sleep more, eat your fruits and veggies, and find your choice of stress-reducing activities to try out.
Obviously, there are more than just this list. And there are real hormonal imbalances that could be really screwing with how you feel, so don’t just write everything off. If you know something doesn’t feel right go figure out what’s going on.
It might be a simple fix or change you can make, but it also might be something you need help with.
I just made a video this week about why you should consider charting more than just your basal temperature and cervical fluid. You can go watch that here.
And if you haven’t heard of or tried out charting for yourself, but are interested in learning more. I have a great course for those new to FAM (Fertility Awareness Method) and the sympto-thermal method more specifically. You can check that out and sign up here!
Have there been things that you’ve noticed impact your cycle? What were/are they and how have you fixed it?