PERIOD PRIDE PART III: Ovulation

The last few weeks have been horrifying for so many people with uteruses. The news of some states criminalizing abortion is so unthinkable it’s rendered many of us speechless. Canada isn’t innocent when it comes to abortion access either… but at least it’s legal.

In today’s period pride post, we explore what happens in our bodies during ovulation. Hint: this is a great time in the cycle to either try for or totally avoid pregnancy. We’ve added resources to the bottom of this article re: abortion access and how you can help.

Let’s dive in… Naturopathic Doctor Joanna Rosenfeld explains what’s happening in our bodies…

Ovulation

Ovulation occurs after estrogen levels peak, causing a surge of luteinizing hormone (LH), which allows for the egg to be released from the follicle. The egg then travels down the fallopian tube towards the uterus. A structure called the corpus luteum forms in the ovary where the egg just left, which secretes progesterone - the dominant hormone in the next phase of our cycle.

PERIOD PRIDE Part II: Follicular Fun Phase

In our last post, we discussed all the benefits of periods in general. Now Naturopathic Doctor Joanna Rosenfeld is going to explain what’s happening in our bodies for the first 1/2 of our cycle…

What’s Happening:

The next stage of your menstrual cycle is your follicular phase, which actually starts at day 1 of your period. At the beginning of the follicular phase, your brain releases a hormone called FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), which stimulates your ovaries to produce about 5-20 follicles.

PERIOD PRIDE: The Physical and Mental Health Effects (and Benefits) of Periods

People who menstruate have been discriminated against and shamed for centuries; which is ludicrous because, not only is menstruation a normal biological process, it is also a major reason the human race exists.

At Peak Resilience, we not only understand the effects of people’s menstrual cycles on their mental health,  we also acknowledge the politics of menstruation. That is, women and people who menstruate can experience conscious or unconscious shame about their cycles, pain, lack of appropriate medical care due to medical gender bias, and they can still be stigmatized for something that is totally natural (and necessary).

Burnout Series Part III: Why Self-Care just isn't Cutting it

As I described in Burnout Part I and Part II, there are aspects of managing burnout that are within our control:

  • Structuring self-care activities into our life

  • Being curious about the reasons that make it hard to slow down, take care of ourselves, and not take on so much

  • Getting support in learning how to approach ourselves with more kindness and develop self-compassion

But what happens when we do all that good work to take care of ourselves, hold ourselves accountable, get support, and we still can’t seem to climb out of that pit of fatigue?

Burnout Series Part II: Why is it so hard to find balance?

In our first post about burnout, we explored the importance of taking an inventory of all the things that serve to replenish you (e.g.- sleep, time with friends, moderate exercise), and things that deplete you (e.g.- unclear expectations at work, a conflict-ridden relationship, being preoccupied with work).

However, sometimes changing things up with regard to input/output doesn't have the intended impact. If this is the case, we need to take a deeper look at ourselves and explore the underlying issues that contribute to burnout.


Is my problem really that important?

This is a question I come across - both with clients at Peak, and within myself - on a pretty regular basis.

Now, more than ever, the intense suffering in the world (opioid poisoning epidemic, constant political drama, or various other crises) can feel pretty inescapable. Even if I try to avoid the news, it comes up in conversation, on my Instagram feed, or on newspaper covers as I’m walking down the street.

“Is my problem really that important?” also comes up a lot when folks find out about the work I do outside Peak Resilience supporting youth experiencing homelessness and street entrenchment. It’s hard not to to look at such extreme circumstances and think, “What am I so upset about? At least I’m not homeless”…

Brené Brown Facilitator Training: A Snapshot of my Experience

For the last few years, I have talked a lot about Brené Brown. I mean A LOT.

But to be fair, everyone seems to know who she is. For example, while getting my tattoo work on, I’m telling my tattooist about a training I’m going to in Houston. I ask, “do you know Brené Brown?” Without skipping a beat, he says, “is that the lady who talked about vulnerability on a Ted Talk?”. To be fair, he’s pretty much a therapist but the point is: Brené has become a household name…

Starting 2019 with More Calm and Clarity

Hopefully over the next few weeks, you will be able to carve out some quiet time and some time with great people you love. If you’re a late night New Years Eve partier or you celebrate East-Coast-New-Years-on-the-West-Coast and hit the sack at 9:15 (it’s glorious I’m telling you), here are some tips that can help you feel like you’re taking the reins for 2019.

10 Ways to Survive after Dr. Blasey Ford’s Testimony.

Many women have expressed that they feel like it’s difficult to merely exist right now- because we’re being bombarded by stories of sexual assault and harassment on an almost daily basis.

Instead of going into how horrific this all is for a zillion reasons, I’ve decided to create a list of ideas on how to exist right now.