Tracking Your Cycle

What Does Progesterone Do? The Top 8 Impacts.

Poor progesterone—it doesn't get nearly as much attention as estrogen. Everyone knows estrogen as the "female" hormone but hardly anyone talks about estrogen's partner in crime, progesterone. And it's too bad, because progesterone is a super hormone with the power to help women sleep better, grow stronger, and feel more relaxed. To increase your hormone [...]

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Why You Get Constipated Before Your Period (& Diarrhea During)

If you're like most people, you're sometimes mystified by your bowels. You may go through weeks' long stretches of perfectly consistent pooping after your third sip of coffee, but then wake up one morning to find the urge never hits. You may have random diarrhea that strikes without warning, or random constipation that clears up after [...]

The Science Of Why Your Nipples (& Breasts!) Get Sore

Do you notice that your nipples or breasts are sometimes sore? If you're like many women, your nipples can change drastically over the course of your menstrual cycle. Some days, it feels like you could put a clothespin over your nipple and you'd barely notice it. Other days, the fabric of your t-shirt barely grazing your [...]

The One Ovulation Sign You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

If you've been tracking ovulation signs like temperature and cervical mucus, you may be surprised to learn that there's another ovulation sign that no one ever talks about: the inguinal lymph node. The inguinal-what? Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped glands throughout the body. They are part of the lymph system, which carries fluid, nutrients, and [...]

How Long Does Ovulation Last?

People mean different things when they ask how long ovulation lasts. While the process of ovulation itself may not last very long, the egg lives on for some time after it is released from the ovary. More importantly, women who ask about how long ovulation lasts usually want to know because they're trying to conceive. [...]