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Female Hormones and the Cycle of Moods

on July 20, 2012

When we become aware of the fertile mucus – that wet, slippery sensation outside the vaginal opening – estrogen is increasing in our bodies. The hormone estrogen may cause us to feel courageous and loving. Men who bored us last week may suddenly appear interesting and attractive. We may be interested in sexual activity. These emotions and reactions – the work of estrogen – are getting us ready to have a baby, whether or not we really want one!

But the fertile, wet time is also our power time – a time to start new projects or finish old ones. Like Mother Earth in her rainy season, we are full of potential. We may also feel less need to sleep, since the chemical adrenaline, which causes excitement, is also high at this time.

Charting our cycle, with its signs and signals, helps to keep us
aware of the waxing and waning of energy and sexual desire. This awareness, called fertility awareness, allows us to harness our cycle to power our own goals — What do I want to create this cycle? — rather than allowing our hormones to push us in ways we really do not want to go.

After ovulation, under the influence of the hormone progesterone, we may feel somewhat deflated compared to that wet, fertile time. Like Mother Earth in her dry time, we may feel quiet, with less energy.

When menstrual bleeding begins, both estrogen and progesterone are at low levels. We may feel sensitive, solitary, or inward.

Getting to know the feelings that go along with our hormonal cycle can give us a new and sensitive relationship with ourselves.
For more information, see the free Fertility Awareness download available on this site. – Marie Zenack,

5 Responses to “Female Hormones and the Cycle of Moods”

  1. Day says:

    Well it depends on what type of sypotmms you have been having, I was taking Vitex ( chasteberry ) to help with my PCOS, it is suppost to act on the pituitary gland like the fertility drug clomid there are other things as well, first you should get checked out by a doctor though Your body may have went through some hormonal changes since the first time around dont freat though it usually takes up to a year or more of unprotected intercourse to concieve ( if after 1 year of that you havent then they classify you as infetile which just means its going to be harder to concive dont let it get you down ok..and dont stress about it..if you dont want to go to the DR just yet consider taking your basel body temp. and charting it (take your temp every morning befor you get out of bed (using a basel body thermometer) and chart the temp on the chart provided with it) . If you dont see a rise about half way through the cycle, or if you see a rise and a sudden fall in the temp. you should be checked by a DR. for ovulation problems. Good luck to you, and I’m sending all the baby dust I can your way Good luck

    • Shad says:

      iCycleBeads and other technologies based on the Standard Days Method are prteocted by patent. Cycle Technologies is the exclusive manufacturer and distributor. However we welcome thoughts and ideas for offering this family planning method.

      • marie says:

        Well, I taught the Billings Ovulation Method (Mucus Method) all over the world for many years. Indigenous people everywhere invented simple ways of charting their mucus observations as indicators of fertility. Some scratched marks on trees. Some tied knots in ropes. Some strung different colored beads. No one can patent the creativity and originality of what women observe in their own bodies and chart according to their own cultural preferences.

        Cycle beads are, as far as I can see, inaccurate copies of the work of Dennis St.Marie and Francesca Kerns, who taught the Billings in a World Health Organization study 50 years ago in Central America, where they first used the Mother Earth, Mother Woman, wet days, dry days analogies appropriate to agricultural cultures. You can download the book that they self-published and used in their teachings at It is called Step by Step. A Spanish version of the book is also available at the same site. Of course, since they did not patent their work, but only made it available to peoples everywhere, anyone can use their teaching analogies. But trying to patent it is dishonest. And using it to support a very ineffective method – calendar rhythm – works against natural methods everywhere.
        The standard days method, also called calendar rhythm, has been shown to be only 80% effective in avoiding pregnancy. That means, if 100 women use the standard days method for a year, 20 will get pregnant!
        Calendar rhythm might work over time to achieve pregnancy – if the woman has a regular cycle. If her cycle is very long, or very short, or if her mucus days are few, it may not work at all. Proponents of Natural Family Planning quit using calendar rhythm 40 years ago when Drs. John and Evelyn Billings published their research on the woman’s ability to accurately observe and chart her own signs of fertility.

        For info on effective natural family planning, download the free ebook, Fertility Awareness, at the same, above mentioned, site.

        Any of the free downloads on this site may be used by anyone to help women and families. None may be patented, however.

    • Thao says:

      Prejaculate can definitely get a woman pnagnert as it does, indeed, contain sperm and STD’s. It is even possible to get a woman pnagnert having unprotected sex during her menstruation. Pulling out is not an effective method of contraception especially if she is not charting her fertility closely and knowing when she ovulates. In this case close enough’ is not safe enough. The approximated FAILURE of this method is estimated to be closer to 27%. Over 1 in 4 people will get pnagnert using this method. Couples not using a form of birth control have an 85% chance of conceiving in the first year. Chances are you’re just trying to get away with not using a condom. If it is because you feel there is less sensation I ask you to consider two things:First, there are many condoms out there that are very thin and most men cannot tell the difference. They also have female condoms as well.Second: Sex will definitely not feel as good with a screaming baby next to your bed.So do the math. If there is a 27% chance that you could get pnagnert is it worth it? A baby is a lot more expensive than a condom. You can even get condoms for free at places like planned parenthood where they will also screen you for STD’s and talk about all kinds of methods of birth control so that you are covered no matter what your preference is. Oh wait, don’t forget the 100% chance that you could contract an STD if your partner has one. It is estimated that 60% of the population have HPV. This is an STD that usually shows no symptoms in men (some strains show itself in the form of genital herpes) but can lead to women getting cervical cancer. This is a disease you cannot get rid of so the best way to deal with it is to not get it in the first place. If you’re sexually active you need to be getting checked for STD’s and the female needs to be getting pap smears to make sure there are no abnormal cells. No matter how much you trust your partner or think you know where he or she has been’, you don’t. It is a sensitive subject and people are dishonest all the time. Would you trust someone to put a loaded gun to your head? In short, no glove, no love. Good luck!

  2. Jumawan says:

    I recently stppeod taking the pill, simply because I hate the idea of taking synthetic hormones. I read Taking Charge of Your Fertility twice, cover to cover, and I’ve been charting my cycle for about 40 days.. the charting is really easy, and the way the method of birth control is presented in the book is just as effective as condoms (the most effective physical barrier), at about 98% effective. I’m a biologist, and think the 4 rules for birth control as presented in the book are quite brilliant they even allow for the possibility of multiple ovulation, and I can say with some confidence, both from personal experience and my knowledge as a biologist, that the FAM method of birth control as presented in this book is very safe as long you chart carefully and fully understand the rules.

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