Mood and the Menstrual Cycle [Infographic]

The word hormone comes from the Greek hormo, meaning to move forward. That’s appropriate because these powerful chemicals keep every part of the body working properly. Estrogen and progesterone, the primary female hormones, are essential for reproduction, growth, metabolism, and immune function. However, their constant fluctuation may also wreak havoc on the way many women feel.

In an analysis of 41 published studies of women’s daily moods, more than half found a link between bad moods and menstruation. Moreover, women in the Penn Ovarian Aging Study reported an increase of depressive symptoms as they transitioned into menopause. If you feel like you’re on a hormonal roller coaster, read on to learn what research suggests about hormonal mood swings, and discover natural ways to feel better no matter where you are in your cycle or life.

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Office Yoga vs. Menstrual Cramps [Infographic]

Day-to-day office work is stressful enough, what more during the days you are on your period?

Dysmenorrhea affects women in different ways. Some women barely even notice their periods, while others get mild to severe cramps. When cramps are so debilitating, getting out of bed is a challenge – and the thought of heading to work is even more unnerving.

One of the ways to treat menstrual discomfort is to engage in stretching and exercise, specifically ones that target the lower abdominal and lower back regions. Some women worry about being too active during their period – as you are prone to back stains­­ – but by using longer feminine pads or menstrual cups to keep you protected, that won’t be an issue.

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Foods that fight PMS [Infographic + Video]

«There’s a scientific reason women jones for junk food in the days preceding and during that time of the month. Estrogen, testosterone and progesterone—the main reproductive hormones—plummet in the days leading up to your period and remain low for the first few days of it, according to gynecologist Rebecca Booth, M.D., author of “The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…at Any Age.”

“This sharp decline in hormones results in falling levels of mood-supporting brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine, causing cravings for foods that elevate them, like chocolate (dopamine) and starchy foods (serotonin),” explains Dr. Booth.»

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International Women’s Day

To all my fellow women eco-bloggers and readers:

Period Talk: Sustainable Options for Women

Period Talk: Sustainable options for Women | ecogreenlove
The average woman uses roughly 11,000 tampons in her lifetime. Photograph: Image Source/Getty Images/Image Source

“The paper feminine hygiene industry has done a very good job of convincing women that their period is something [which] should be out of sight and out of mind, something they shouldn’t talk about,” Zivku said. “Think about the advertisements we see – it’s all about silent wrappers, discrete and smaller products that are easier to hide or dispose of, and concealing the fact you have your period. Without opportunities for positive period talk, women and girls may not have the opportunity to learn about or even ask about other, more sustainable options.”

We found this article on Guardian Sustainable Business, super interesting and highly recommended for our women readers. Click on the Link or image to read the full article. Please share your opinions with us!

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