Follicular Phase

From your period to the time you ovulate, the key hormones in your follicular phase are harmonized to develop healthy follicles, which encase the egg.  This is also a time when your uterus thickens.  

Learn about all the components involved and how to determine if something is not right.

Your Period

Your period can tell you an incredible amount of information about your cycle.  Important things to know include its color, degree of flow and cramps, duration, and your mood.  Each of these change day to day and, and in some cases,  cycle to cycle, which is why it is important to monitor.

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Menstruation in Girls and Adolescents: Using the Menstrual Cycle as a Vital Sign

Identification of abnormal menstrual patters in adolescence may improve early identification of potential health concerns for adulthood.  It is important for clinicians to have an understanding of menstrual patterns, the ability to differentiate between normal

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What is a normal period?

Maybe a little warm up for about an hour with a bit of pink spotting and very mild cramping, to let you know it’s on its way.  After that, your blood should be a pinky red or cherry red  (not burgundy or brown).  You should have a nice full flow of about 3 to 4 pads, (organic) tampons, or diva cup, changes per day.  You should not be passing clots.  After 3 to 6 days, your period should slow down and simply end without any brown blood.


How do you measure your period?

Notice that reproductive health tracking apps ask you whether your period is light, medium, heavy or spotting.  However, if we each measure in different ways, how can the algorithm be effective?  More importantly, if women aren't aligned on the definition, what if we misrepresent what is actually happening with our body!?
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Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

Stimulates the growth of ovarian follicles in the ovary before the release of an egg from one follicle at ovulation. It also increases estradiol production

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Out of Balance

If your follicular phase is long (average is 16 days), it might be due to stress, causing estrogen to rise and fall resulting in several episodes of egg-white fertile mucus.  This mucus consistency may show up if you don't even ovulate - agin, because it is triggered by a spike in estrogen.

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