Know Your Fertility

Get pregnant naturally. Avoid pregnancy naturally.

Female Hormones and the Cycle of Moods

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,