What Is The Ovarian Cycle + What Does It Consist Of?

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What even is the 'menstrual cycle'? Like what does it mean? 

A lot of us know what the idea of our cycle is but don't really understand it. We even tend to lump our cycles together and only refer to it when suggesting when we are menstruating (I've been guilty of this as well). 

So let's have a chat, shall we? Let's talk about the ovarian cycle, what it is, how it operates, and how understanding it can help optimize fertility.  

The ovarian cycle goes through three different cycles within the cycle: Follicular, Luteal, and Ovulation. Each having their own functions that work in harmony with each other. Let's jump into what each cycle is and what each cycle does. 

The Follicular cycle occurs before the ovulation cycle. Your uterine lining is also getting prepared for implantation and softening. This is the cycle where hormones are being produced like estrogen and progesterone. This is also when eggs are formulate within the ovaries preparing to be released for fertilization. We usually associate this cycle with LH surge - that's the surge or peak we are looking for to tell us that we are approaching ovulation and at your most fertile.

Nourishing Nutrition for this cycle includes:
root vegetables (beets, sweet potatoes, parsnips, garlic, artichokes), lentils, rosemary, sunflower seeds.

The Ovulation cycle occurs after the follicular cycle and a couple weeks before your scheduled period, more or less (however, every one is different and tracking your period, cervix position, and cervical mucus will help with knowing how long your period is and when ovulation takes place for you). This is when the chosen egg is released and travels down the fallopian tube awaiting the arrival of sperm.

Nourishing Nutrition for this cycle includes: wild caught salmon, avocados, broccoli, chickpeas (hummus), walnuts.

The Luteal cycle is when the womb is waiting to for the egg that was released during ovulation is being fertilized. Hormones that have been produced are still pumping and at it's peak, however within a week, if the egg has not or is not being fertilized, those hormones begin to decrease. This decrease in hormones is what causes the menstruating to begin.

Menstruating is the shedding of the uterine lining.

Nourishing Nutrition for this cycle includes: pasteurized eggs, bone broth, kale, seaweed, pumpkin seeds.

Learning about all the parts of the ovarian cycle and understanding the details of how each cycle works can help us grasp how our womb operates and how it is that we can nourish each cycle and how to continue on the fertility journey. 

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