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How Stress Can Impact your Menstrual Cycle

And what you can do about it...

The menstrual cycle is a complex, delicately balanced process that occurs within a woman's body. Even as a practitioner working with women and their cycle, I continue to be amazed by its multi-faceted impact on our daily lives.

The menstrual cycle is influenced by various factors, including hormones, nutrition, and overall well-being. One significant factor that is never given enough air time is stress and overwhelm.

If you live in today's world, chances are that being busy, overwhelmed and stressed are part of your daily norm. Unless you are a regulated queen who puts consistent efforts into supporting her stress response and nervous system. For that I am sending you huge hug!

In this blog, I wanted to explore some aspects of how stress and overwhelm can impact the menstrual cycle, shedding light on the intricate relationship between our emotional well-being and reproductive health.


Understanding the Menstrual Cycle: Before delving into the effects of stress, let's briefly understand the menstrual cycle itself. The menstrual cycle is a monthly process involving the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation) and the shedding of the uterine lining in the absence of fertilization (menstruation). This cycle is regulated by a delicate interplay of hormones, including estrogen and progesterone.

The Stress Response and Hormonal Balance

When we experience stress (real, external stress or perceived, mental stress), our bodies initiate a complex physiological response known as the "fight-or-flight" response. This response triggers the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which prepare our bodies to deal with perceived threats. While this response is essential for our survival, chronic stress can disrupt the delicate hormonal balance necessary for a regular menstrual cycle.

Effects of Stress on the Menstrual Cycle:

  1. Irregular Menstruation: High levels of stress can disrupt the hormonal signals that regulate ovulation and menstruation, leading to irregular or missed periods. Stress can cause the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls hormone production, to malfunction, leading to imbalances in estrogen and progesterone levels.

  2. Changes in Menstrual Flow: Stress can also affect the flow and duration of menstruation. Some women may experience heavier or lighter periods, while others may notice changes in the length of their menstrual cycle.

  3. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Stress can exacerbate the symptoms of PMS, such as mood swings, irritability, fatigue and a general sense of depletion. The hormonal imbalances caused by stress can amplify these symptoms, making the premenstrual phase even more challenging to navigate.

  4. Fertility Challenges: Prolonged stress can interfere with ovulation, making it difficult for women to conceive or effectively use natural methods of contraception, e.g. FABM Stress-induced hormonal imbalances can disrupt the regular release of eggs, reducing the chances of successful fertilization.

HOWEVER, there is hope for you my friend.

Managing Stress for a Healthy Menstrual Cycle:

  1. Self-Care Practices: Prioritize self-care activities that promote relaxation and stress reduction. Engage in activities like meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, EFT Tapping and spending time in nature.

  2. Regular Exercise: Engaging in moderate exercise regularly can help alleviate stress, improve mood, and regulate hormone production. Find activities you enjoy, such as walking, swimming, or dancing, and incorporate them into your routine.

  3. Balanced Nutrition: Maintain a healthy, balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Adequate nutrition can support hormonal balance and overall well-being. Focussing on specific adrenal loving nutrients e.g. B vitamins, magnesium and vitamin C go a long way!

  4. Create a Healthy Sleep Routine: focussing on getting 7-8 hours each night and reducing screen time 1-2 hours before bed. PS reading romance fiction before bed has been my best antidote to screen time!

  5. Seek Support: Building a support network or professional team can provide emotional assistance and perspective during challenging times.

My current offerings combine nutrition, Cycle Syncing and EFT Tapping to support your body, mind and reduce stress and overwhelm so that you can have a healthy menstrual cycle. You can find out more here.


It is my honour to support women and teach them how to support their bodies nutritionally as well as provide nervous system and emotional support through EFT Tapping.

If you are wanting more information or to book in a consult, organise a discovery call or your offering of choice. I can't wait to see you on the screen X


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