Many women expect their periods to be the same month after month, but in fact there are 7 hormonal phases you’ll experience over the course of your lifetime.
Is your period different now than it was 5 years ago?
Do you notice shifts in its length, quality, and symptoms?
Or are you not even paying attention?
These are important questions to ask yourself, and today’s article will help you identify exactly what you should look for during key moments of your changing 7 hormonal phases — and why you should even care to do so.
Here at FLO we talk a lot about what’s changing in your cycle week to week, but I also want you to be aware of what’s changing over your whole life cycle so that you can be proactive and prevent more serious hormonal imbalances from happening.
Why your period won’t stay the same & what you can do about it
Many women expect their periods to be the same month after month, but in fact there are 7 distinct hormonal inflection points over the course of your lifetime. If you maintain the expectation that it should be the same month after month, you’re doing a disservice to yourself and your own ability to have the kind of self-care and health-care you need at each critical moment.
Instead, I want you to expect that you’ll have a hormonal adjustment period around each of these points. The best way to handle this adjustment is to do our protocol, via the WomanCode System. The hormone-balancing sequence I’ve outlined for you there is exactly what your body needs to recalibrate.
If you do this at each inflection point, you’ll avoid having the seriously debilitating experiences in Perimenopause and beyond.
Your 7 Hormonal Phases & What to look for in each
Here’s an outline of each phase and what you need to look for in each. I call this “auditing your period.” At the beginning of every phase, this auditing process needs to happen!
1. Puberty (9-21 years old)
This is a time where you might notice irregularity with the menstrual cycle. It takes time for the body to build up enough of a hormonal concentration that you can ovulate and menstruate regularly, as well as develop secondary sex characteristics. However, as a culture we’re all too quick to assume that these normal fluctuations during this entire dozen years or so need to be regulated with medication, i.e. the birth control pill. What we need to do is a better job of auditing why our girls are struggling to make this adjustment through their diet and lifestyle. Of course, if you have learned that skill by doing the WomanCode System for your own body, you’ll be better able to do that for your child or niece. The earlier you start making these changes, the better. Audit her diet and exposure to chemicals at age 9, not 14 when she is going through the natural emotional separation process of her teen years and won’t want to listen to you 😉
2. Adult Menstrual Years (21 – 35 years old)
At this age, you probably will move to a new location, start a new job or graduate school, have exposure to more alcohol and caffeine, which all affect your hormones. This is the time to notice if your periods get whacky – from cramps, PMS, acne, migraines – or a continuation of the symptoms you experienced in puberty. In the short term it’s about eliminating these symptoms, and in the long term it’s about preserving your fertility – even if you’re not sure if you want to have kids or not.
3. Pregnancy (age varies)
The degree to which you’re hormonally sensitive in this phase indicates the degree to which you did or didn’t address your hormonal symptoms in the Adult Menstrual Years phase. You should feel great during pregnancy. If you’re feeling off and experiencing symptoms or gestational diabetes, it means you didn’t do the hormonal recalibration necessary in the previous hormonal phase.
4. Post-Partum (age varies)
After pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone drop significantly before readjusting. What you’ve been eating for the decade leading up to having your baby will leave you vulnerable to developing postpartum issues. This is something you want to prevent, but if it’s happening there’s still a lot you can do through incorporating the FLO protocol.
5. Perimenopause Phase One (35-45 years old)
This is the hormonal unwinding process and it starts at 35 no matter what! You shouldn’t have to feel symptoms during this phase if you’re healthy. You should be ovulating and menstruating regularly and have good muscle tone, skin quality, energy, and sex drive, i.e. still making enough hormones to feel vital and youthful. Audit what’s happening with your diet and lifestyle here. It’s very likely that because your hormones are changing, your body will be giving you insight to the underlying problems that need addressing. If you’re not healthy, your body will let you know. Difficulty with fertility, vaginal dryness, wrinkles in skin, and drying of hair are not to be solved at a spa or a salon. These are huge messages that your hormones need attention! Especially before you get into the next phase of Perimenopause…
6. Perimenopause Phase Two (45- 55 years old)
This should be a relatively smooth process where FSH levels rise to the point where you no longer ovulate. However, many women age hormonally prematurely in Phase 1, which causes difficulty with the hormonal values of Stage 2, even as early as their early 30s. When things are in balance, this should be just the process of your body manufacturing slightly less, but a balanced amount, of estrogen and progesterone and testosterone. If you’re having hot flashes, night sweats, no libido, etc., then what’s happening is you’re likely having unbalanced levels of these hormones.
7. Post-menopause (55 +)
In this phase, FSH levels are now at their new, permanent elevated levels (between 20 and 30) and your estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, should be at stable concentrations, which will be lower than they were iin your menstruating years, but still in balanced ratios. If you’ve been eating and taking care of yourself during the other inflection points, you should have enough micronutrient building blocks to make this phase symptom-free. Because hormones are stable at this point, focusing on your diet and high nutrient concentration is key. It’s also a good time to support the body with digestion and nutrient absorption capabilities, which sometimes get compromised with age.
If you invest in re-calibrating your hormones at each of these phases, then you can live drama-free with your hormones for your entire life. In order to get there, you must take a moment to evaluate and make the diet and lifestyle changes necessary to address them.
Waiting until something is broken is why so many women have to turn to surgical procedures or medication. I want you to avoid this and access the true power inherent in your hormonal patterns.
Time to evaluate
Take a moment to check in with yourself and which phase you’re currently in. Are you experiencing unnecessary symptoms? Have you been avoiding addressing them?
Although it would be ideal to prevent symptoms before they happen, the reality is that sometimes we won’t think ahead enough to do so. If you’re in any of these phases and recognize that your body is not in the FLO as it should be, please know that you can still be proactive.
I invite you to join me next month in a webinar that will help you make exactly the adjustments you need and get you set up on a path to stay hormonally healthy and in the FLO throughout your life!
September Webinar: Troubleshoot Your Period Problems
with Alisa Vitti
Thursday Sept 18th, at 1:00pm EST
All too often, common period problems can be overlooked – until they develop into more serious conditions that need medical attention.
Hundreds of women have worked with my premium training programs to get to the bottom of their period problems and start living the life they desire. I want you, too, to take the power back in your period and learn exactly how to troubleshoot the most common period problems before they continue to frustrate you or lead to bigger issues.
- The most common period problems and how to self-diagnose: PMS, heavy bleeding, irregular or missing periods, etc.
- Exactly what signs and symptoms to be aware of – and which ones indicate something more serious
- The steps to take to address them all from the underlying causes
I’m only offering 2 live sessions which will not be recorded, so be sure to mark your calendar for the time that works best for you and be there LIVE!
Space is limited, so sign up now to get your spot!
Love to your period,